By Lauren Ferrone
Published: Thursday, July 5, 2018
The experts at our range of More For Members partners are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to everyday tips, tricks and interesting facts – now they want to share what they know.
Adelaide Oval’s tour guide Alex Robertson kicks off our new Ask an Expert series.
Q: What’s the number one highlight of an Adelaide Oval tour?
A: An Adelaide Oval tour reveals so many interesting facts and experiences, so it’s always hard to pick a highlight. Being that the oval was established in 1871, with the first Test match played in 1884, there are so many secrets and treasures to explore.
But whether it’s children or their grandparents, the iconic scoreboard is certainly a crowd-pleaser.
As part of an Adelaide Oval Stadium Tour, you actually get to go inside the old scoreboard and see how it works; it’s truly a fusion of modern technology with old-school mechanics. Not much has changed since it was built in 1911, so I can guarantee you won’t see anything like it.
Most people don’t realise how much it takes to operate the scoreboard – especially during the cricket – and that there are actually four storeys back there, with our operators running up and down constantly to ensure the scores and game stats get updated as you watch.
Plus, the scoreboard offers stunning views of the oval, so it’s a really unique experience. Whether you’re a cricket buff, footy fan or just really love history, the heritage-listed scoreboard is definitely a highlight.
Having said that, people also love to see the rooms you don’t usually have access to – like change-rooms or media areas. There’s definitely something for everyone.
What else you should know
- As RAA proudly sponsors Adelaide Oval Stadium Tours, RAA members get 15% discount on tours.
- The 90-minute guided tour also gives people the chance to marvel at memorabilia, including the famed Bradman Collection, which tells the story of Sir Donald Bradman’s life and cricketing legacy.
- Tours run daily, with 10am, 11am and 2pm spots on weekdays and 1pm tours on weekends.