SACA members vote to share Adelaide Oval
A proposed $535 million redevelopment of Adelaide Oval has been given the green light after South Australian cricket members voted to share the ground with the AFL.
Members of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) voted on Monday night for the return of AFL games to the famous inner city oval after it completes a half-billion dollar revamp.
The redeveloped stadium will host about 50,000 spectators, an increase from the current 37,000 capacity.
Some 80 per cent of more than 12,000 attending members voted to change their constitution to allow control of the ground to be split between cricket and AFL, effectively ending a half century stand-off between cricket and Australian Rules football in the state.
Adelaide Oval was established in 1873 after the SACA formed, and four years later Australian Rules football was first played at the ground.
The sports cohabited for almost a century before the SANFL had enough of the SACA’s landlord role and split – constructing its own stadium west of the city, which opened in 1974.
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