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burnleyinoz
Post subject: adelaide oval taking shape
PostPosted: 01:18 on 14th Nov 2013

Joined: 16:55 on 14th May 2013
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had the option of having a look at Adelaide oval yesterday afternoon as they were playing the first cricket match on the pitch.
around 6500 people popped in to have a look see.

Barmy Army area looks pretty much the same size....although there is now a huge screen directly behind the back row....and quite a large paved area behind that to stand and have a beer in the shade as well if need be.

they had quite a large area from the oval fence stretching out across seats and up to the rear fence ...covered in white plastic or something alongside the Barmy area...using it as a sight screen for the batsmen.....don't think that will be staying.
On the left of the Barmy area....where the Chappell nomadic tents used to be is the stand which they are still working on.....roof structure appears to be in place but no roof as yet.
there is still a walkway going around the ground stopping at each end of the members area....so at this stage....there don't appear to be movement restrictions for paying patrons.
sad to see the grassed area gone from one end of the ground...butstanding in the Barmy Army area.....it all does look quite impressive.
if anybody wants to have a look..i put some pics on facebook yesterday.



https://www.facebook.com/kevin.mccall.7921
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NorthCountryBoy
Post subject: Re: adelaide oval taking shape
PostPosted: 11:44 on 17th Nov 2013

Joined: 20:37 on 30th Dec 2008
Posts: 77
Great pics mate. Never went to the old Oval but can't help thinking they've butchered it. How many does the grass hold?
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burnleyinoz
Post subject: Re: adelaide oval taking shape
PostPosted: 13:09 on 19th Nov 2013

Joined: 16:55 on 14th May 2013
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the grassed area at the scoreboard end is pretty much the same as previous years....maybe a few feet missing over to the far right...( where the convicts congregate).....
but generally speaking.....there has always been plenty of room for the Barmy Army. maybe the way tickets were sold for this game...might have an effect on people wanting to sit or stand in this area. From memory...I think they held some tickets back for general admission so people wanting to get into this area....had to buy "other seats" just to get into the ground. If they don't sit in them and prefer to be in the general area where Barmy Army gather...it might get a little overcrowded....but then......maybe the convicts might move elsewhere.
losing the grassed area further round the ground to make way for the stands has not helped either. it may mean more people migrate to the last remaining grassed area.
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nickthegreek
Post subject: Re: adelaide oval taking shape
PostPosted: 14:28 on 19th Nov 2013

Joined: 12:52 on 16th Jul 2013
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Hi mate - many thanks for posting the pictures. I have been lucky enough to get my hands on tickets in the General Admission area for Days 1 & 4. Unfortunately, I haven't had any luck with Days 2 & 3. My question is (and I'm pretty sure you have clarified this in your last post), if I was to buy tickets elsewhere in the ground, in the Bronze Area say, can I make my way round to the General Admission Areas (BA section)?

Many thanks once again.

Nick
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: adelaide oval taking shape
PostPosted: 17:20 on 19th Nov 2013

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2356
nickthegreek Wrote:
Hi mate - many thanks for posting the pictures. I have been lucky enough to get my hands on tickets in the General Admission area for Days 1 & 4. Unfortunately, I haven't had any luck with Days 2 & 3. My question is (and I'm pretty sure you have clarified this in your last post), if I was to buy tickets elsewhere in the ground, in the Bronze Area say, can I make my way round to the General Admission Areas (BA section)?

Many thanks once again.

Nick


It's always been the case in the past, but last time (with the first of the new stands having been built) the grass was very overcrowded due to people with stand tickets going there instead. I hope I'm wrong, but with less grass now and an even bigger capacity I can see them stopping people from walking around. It's very sad what they've done to what was once the finest Test cricket ground in the world.
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addtamx
Post subject: Re: adelaide oval taking shape
PostPosted: 21:34 on 19th Nov 2013

Joined: 21:02 on 9th May 2008
Posts: 953
Location: Australia
Not sure what to expect of the wicket either given it's the first time they've used a drop in. They just finished a Sheffield Shield game which saw 6 wickets fall to spin on day 1 and then pitter out to a very tame draw. Not what we want to see from the test strip.

PS,

Agree 100% with your comments Harv......a crying shame that a ground so steeped in history and character has eventually been bastardised like all the others.
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Gudge
Post subject: Re: adelaide oval taking shape
PostPosted: 12:16 on 21st Nov 2013

Joined: 02:21 on 19th Nov 2013
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never be the same , hopefully it wont become a sanitised corporate ground like so many that are redeveloped these days. used to be able to stroll around the ground with no hassle but every ashes since 2003 i've noticed more and more restrictions been put in place. This year i expect you will be able to only move between the members west stand and the old Chappell stands on the Eastern concourse. For anyone venturing out for a decent beer at lunchtime head up to the Queens Arms on kermode st . the Beer in the ground is gutrot
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burnleyinoz
Post subject: Re: adelaide oval taking shape
PostPosted: 14:47 on 23rd Nov 2013

Joined: 16:55 on 14th May 2013
Posts: 58
not seen any restrictions in place to date...other than getting into the members area.
doesn't say though it is not going to happen.
last week was walkway similar to previous years of test cricket. am hoping this is still going to be the case.
when tickets went on sale...had to buy allocated seating as general admission was "allegedly" sold out.....load of crap. was put up later.
so..anybody wanting to get onto the grassed like myself was put in situation where had to buy a seat I don't want or intend to sit in.
am just hoping they are not going to fence off each area. ( got seats in dry zone....) as well.

can't see them being able to police coming and going...lunch, or tea.......would be bleedin chaos me thinks.
but like said in earlier post....that green hill is going to be very overcrowded if it is open to everyone......and where are they going to send people who paid general admission but don't have a seat?
maybe all those who generally occupy the Barmy Army hill area or are first timers looking to get in there..........grab a spot early. if there is no room for the convict army......not our problem.
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TC1
Post subject: Re: adelaide oval taking shape
PostPosted: 20:59 on 24th Nov 2013

Joined: 16:04 on 2nd Sep 2011
Posts: 76
Ghastly! Bloody ruined what used to be my favourite venue. The price of progress eh?
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