Adelaide Oval to host First day-night Ashes Test
Adelaide Oval’s Test is set to be even bigger this year, with record crowds expected for the first ever Ashes day-night Test Match in December.
When England last played an Adelaide Test in 2013, a total of 153,800 fans watched the five days’ play despite capacity restrictions because of the oval redevelopment.
If Adelaide city accommodation prices and sell-outs several months ahead of the event are anything to go by, the city is already preparing for what is to be a momentous occasion for cricket and our state.
Adelaide Oval has already had success hosting two popular pink-ball Tests against New Zealand and South Africa, both attracting record numbers. With 125,993 fans attending the drought-breaking victory over South Africa in November 2016, it made sense for Cricket Australia to program another day-night Test at the venue for the Ashes.
SACA Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw said: “Cricket fans have shown how much they love this format and we expect sell-out crowds for the first Ashes day-night Test.
“Fans have voted with their feet the past two summers. The day-night Test in Adelaide is now the go-to destination for cricket fans worldwide.
“We expect a large number of visitors to come from interstate and overseas which will drive South Australian tourism and create jobs.”
Cricket Australia also announced that Australia would play England at Adelaide Oval in a One-Day International on January 26 next year.
“With Australia Day also locked in at Adelaide Oval long-term, it is exciting to see another ODI on the public holiday and we expect a packed Adelaide Oval when Australia host England,” Bradshaw said.
2017/18 Ashes series
- First Test: Gabba – 23–27 November 2017
- Second Test: Adelaide Oval (day-night) – 2–6 December 2017
- Third Test: Perth (venue TBC) – 14–18 December 2017
- Fourth Test: MCG – 26–30 December 2017
- Fifth Test: SCG – 4–8 January 2018