Adelaide Oval Redevelopment


Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure Stadium Management Authority


Bridging the gap between tradition and innovation

Adelaide Oval is a one-of-a-kind cricket and football venue that it is beloved by South Australians, Australians and cricket fans globally. The redevelopment of the iconic ground and the surrounding precinct required a design concept that was innovative, invigorating and also retained its distinctly South Australian nature.

Walter Brooke, in association with Jackson Architecture and COX Architects, developed the concept plans for the proposed redevelopment of Adelaide Oval to bring AFL and cricket together in a world class stadium. The concept design and financial model were completed in 2010. With government approval to proceed with the project, Walter Brooke, with lead architects COX and Hames Sharley architects, were appointed to develop and document the concept design. Construction commenced on site in March 2012 with stage one completed for the 2013 Ashes Cricket test, and the stadium was completed in March 2014 for the first AFL fixture.


The Adelaide Oval Redevelopment has since been lauded as a benchmark for future sports architecture in the country. The seating capacity of Adelaide Oval for both cricket and football is 50,000. There are more than 2000 dining spaces, as well as football and cricket function rooms, the AAMI Club, hospitality suites, open boxes, open bars, a barbecue terrace, a food court and kiosks and more.

In order to deliver an egalitarian facility that provides benefits for all South Australians, the brief stipulated that external environments were flexible, user-friendly spaces that could be used for entertainment and community events. The design philosophy of the surrounding parklands  hinges on a series of ‘pavilions in the park’ that contribute to the unique character, sense of place, and a feeling of anticipation on approach to the iconic grounds. Careful planning and consideration of passive and active recreation spaces seamlessly merge with infrastructure and pedestrian modelling requirements.

The resulting redevelopment has produced more than just a world class sports stadium; it has shaped a lively entertainment precinct that contributes to the vibrancy of Adelaide, befitting the capital of The Festival State.

The John Bray Centre for Performing Arts

SkyCity Adelaide Casino Expansion

Rider Levett Bucknall Office Fitout

Walter Brooke Studio Fit out

Twenty Third Street Distillery

Salisbury Command Fire Station

Cerbis Ceramics Adelaide Showroom.

Brickworks Design Studio – Austral Bricks

Pulteney Grammar – Centre for Senior Learning

Pulteney Grammar School Performing Arts and Senior School

Adelaide Oval Redevelopment

Australian Federal Police Headquarters

ViTA – Training Aged Care Rehabilitation Facility, Repatriation General Hospital

Beach Energy

Lynch Meyer

Adelaide North Special School

Carrick Hill Masterplan

Tenison Woods Catholic School

Nest Café

St John’s Grammar Junior School Centre for Creativity

South Australia Institute of Sport States Sport Park Masterplan

Prince Alfred College Senior School Masterplan

Jarvis Subaru

Next Generation Clubs

The Village Pharmacy

Southern Cross Care Headquarters

Carmelite Site Masterplan

Adelaide Parklands Sports Infrastructure Masterplan

Prince Alfred College ANZAC Hall and Piper Pavilion

Auchendarroch House

Gays Arcade

Pulteney Grammar School Playspace

Navigator College Campus

Tenison Woods Catholic School Playspace

4th Generation Rehabilitation Centre, Repatriation General Hospital

Helping Hand Aged Care Northgate

Southern Cross Care Bucklands

Somerton Park Housing

Private Residence

Keyneton Apartments

Scotch College Boarding House

Errington Special Education Centre

Tenison Woods Catholic School Resource Centre and GLAs

Nairne Primary School and Preschool

Shenzhen Foundation Laboratory

Prince Alfred College Senior School

Mercedes College

South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service

Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations Headquarters

Solitaire Audi

15 Lancaster Place Office Development

Waite Bio tech- Plant Genomics

EDS Centre

SAAB Australia Headquarters

Adelaide Football Club Westpac Training and Entertainment Centre

AAMI Stadium Masterplan

AAMI Stadium

Pulteney Grammar School MacKinnon Building