Adelaide Sporting Scene
A spectacular sports scene
Our sporting events
South Australia is home to many great
sporting events and facilities.
In January, the state comes alive
with UCI WorldTour cycling race, the Santos Tour Down Under. Throughout the
year, Australian Rules Football, cricket, tennis, soccer, basketball, netball
and rugby are all popular with crowds.
South Australia’s historic Adelaide
Oval has been the site of many great cricket matches.
Legendary Sir Donald
Bradman played here and today, the sporting great is honoured with the Don Bradman Collection - a display showcasing his career in a state-of-the-art, purpose built museum. The museum lives in the newly-built Riverbank Stand.
Considered one of the most attractive
grounds in the world, Adelaide Oval has undergone a significant makeover, with new southern and eastern stands and a pedestrian plaza outside the ground. The oval now seats more than 50,000 spectators and is Adelaide's home of AFL as well as cricket.
Smash a ball over Adelaide Oval and
it’ll land in Memorial Drive, the headquarters of Tennis SA. Here you'll find world-class courts for hire and the World Tennis Challenge event.
The three-night international tennis event features current game champions and legends, including the two Martinas - Navratilova and Hingis.
Swim, splash and dive
Adelaide’s swimmers love the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre at Marion - just 15 minutes from the city. The centre has been
the location of the Australian Swimming and Diving Championships – which were
selection trials for Australia’s 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics teams.
With five pools, everyone's catered for - including recreational swimmers, children and people with disabilities.
Closer to the city at North Adelaide, the Adelaide Aquatic Centre is also great for a splash, swim or dive.
Soccer, rugby and netball
Ten minutes west of the city,
Hindmarsh Stadium is home to Adelaide United Football Club (The Reds) and SA
Rugby League. It’s Australia’s best boutique soccer stadium and when full, the atmosphere
is simply red hot.
Five minutes from Hindmarsh is “netball central”, ETSA Park.
The Adelaide Thunderbirds play here. ETSA Park is right next to Santos
Stadium, South Australia’s premier athletics facility.
The South Australian National
Football League (SANFL) is South Australia’s state-based Aussie Rules
This is “tribal” footy at homely, suburban ovals, such as Norwood
Oval, Richmond Oval and Alberton Oval. The kids will love having a kick on the
ground at half-time.
Cycling and hockey
Cycling here is more than the Santos
Tour Down Under - although that's a big part of it. Champion track cyclists ride at the Super-Drome, just north of
the city. This velodrome and the State Hockey Centre are both located at the
State Sports Park at Gepps Cross.
There are plenty of places for
mountain bikers to ride, including Fox Creek Mountain Bike Trails in Mount
Crawford Forest and Eagle Mountain Bike Park near Mount Lofty.
Bike Park has hosted the Australian National Championships.
Punters get their horse racing fix at
Morphettville Racecourse or regional courses like Oakbank, Clare and Balaklava.
The South Australian Jockey
Club hosts 65 days of racing action throughout the year at Morphettville
Racecourse. The racecourse is easy to get to. It is located on the
tramline just 20 minutes from the city and 5 minutes from Glenelg.
Adelaide’s beaches stretch for
kilometres and host a range of sports including surf lifesaving, triathlon,
beach cricket, sailing and volleyball.
You can even play beach volleyball in
the city centre on Frome Street. Courts can be hired, day and night.
Play tennis or ride your BMX bike at
various parkland locations.
There are quality public golf courses in North
Adelaide, Glenelg and Belair.
Adelaide - it’s a sporting feast.
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