Adelaide Sporting Scene
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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 a statue of him stands outside the oval.
Considered one of the most attractive grounds in the world, Adelaide Oval is currently under redevelopment. When it’s complete in 2014, Adelaide Oval will seat 50,000 spectators and will continue to host cricket, along with AFL games as well.
Smash a ball over Adelaide Oval and it’ll land in Memorial Drive, the headquarters of Tennis SA. There are world-class courts for hire. It’s also the site of the World Tennis Challenge.
The South Australian National Football League (SANFL) is South Australia’s state-based Aussie Rules competition. 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.
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.
Basketball at The Dome
Basketball team, Adelaide 36ers play at The Dome in Findon, while the Aces Baseball team plays at Norwood Oval.
Cycling at the Super-Drome
Cycling here is more than the Santos Tour Down Under. 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. Eagle Mountain Bike Park has hosted the Australian National Championships.
State Aquatic Centre
Adelaide’s swimmers love the State Aquatic 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.
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 15 minutes from the city and 5 minutes from Glenelg.
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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.