The story of Australia’s greatest cricketer and the world’s greatest batsman is making a triumphant return to the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, with the opening of the new Bradman Collection.
The Collection – located within the Adelaide Oval Visitor Centre on Level 1 of the Southern Stand – features audio and video history, memorabilia, photographs, and interactive areas where visitors can experience the Don’s backyard training regime.
The Bradman Collection will be officially opened at 1.30 this afternoon by Tourism Minister Leon Bignell, South Australian Cricket Association President Andrew Sinclair, and John Bradman, son of Sir Donald Bradman.
Minister Bignell said the Bradman Collection will become a must-see part of the Adelaide Oval experience and a huge drawcard for cricket fans from around the world.
“The redevelopment of Adelaide Oval is already making international headlines, and this fantastic new facility for the Bradman Collection will only enhance that further.”
The Bradman Collection is open to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday (closed weekends and Public Holidays), and will be open 10am to 4pm during the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series test match in Adelaide. Entry is free.
Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority Chief Executive Officer Andrew Daniels said hundreds of millions of people around the world are familiar with Sir Donald’s incredible feats, and yet so few were actually lucky enough to see him play.
“It was always Sir Donald’s wish that the Collection be housed at the Adelaide Oval,” he said.
“We are privileged to be able to do so and enable generations of Australians to learn about our greatest cricketer ever.”
Bradman Collection items are on loan courtesy of the State Library of South Australia.