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Adelaide Oval celebrates its 200th AFL game

Port Adelaide’s Kane Farrell and Adelaide’s Lachlan Gollant celebrate Adelaide Oval’s 200th game.

Saturday’s Round 19 game between Port Adelaide and Geelong will mark Adelaide Oval’s 200th AFL game hosted at the stadium.

This is a significant milestone that shows the growth since the very first game in 2011 between Port Adelaide and Melbourne – the catalyst for what was to come after the stadium’s redevelopment.

As we reflect on the last 199 games, we’ve picked out some key moments that have signified why AFL was brought to Adelaide Oval and the CBD:

AFL returns to the Adelaide Oval
South Australian footy fans flocked to Adelaide Oval on Saturday 29 March 2014 where Showdown XXVI kicked off a new era of South Australian football. More than 50,000 fans watched the first AFL game to be played at the newly redeveloped stadium, with Port claiming an emphatic 54-point win.

Showdown XXXIX remembers Phil Walsh
Both clubs were reeling following the death of Crows coach and former Port assistant Phil Walsh in July 2015. Less than three weeks later, the two sides faced off in an emotion-filled Showdown XXXIX. Fittingly, it was one of the all-time great contests, with Adelaide claiming a three-point win.

Port v West Coast 2017 elimination final 
It was one of the all-time great finals encounters that unfortunately left Port fans heartbroken, with West Coast beating Port Adelaide by two points in only the third extra time period in AFL history, thanks to a goal after the siren by Eagles midfielder Luke Shuey.

Adelaide v Geelong 2017 preliminary final 
Adelaide advanced to its first Grand Final in 20 years, dismantling Geelong by 59-points in front of nearly 54,000 fans – a record crowd for an AFL game at Adelaide Oval. Charlie Cameron kicked five goals and Rory Laird finished with 32 disposals.


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First stadium to bring back fans during COVID-19 pandemic
Adelaide Oval was the first stadium to bring back fans to an AFL match after the COVID-19 pandemic, with 2,240 fans watching Showdown XLVIII live on Saturday 13 June 2020. Port Adelaide convincingly won that match, 17. 8 (110) to Adelaide’s 5.5 (35).


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Dawson’s post siren heroics in Showdown LI
The most recent Showdown was one of the best, with new Crow Jordan Dawson slotting a goal after the siren to give the Crows an unforgettable four-point win. Under Friday night lights in Round Three this year, Port was leading for most of the game before the Crows kicked four goals in a row in the last quarter, including ‘King Dawson’s’ post-siren bender.

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