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The first of eight drop-in pitches has been installed at Adelaide Oval today, with all eight pitches expected to be dropped in by the end of this week.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Tom Koutsantonis said the $535 million redeveloped Adelaide Oval is now taking shape.

“The roof is now being installed on the Southern Stand and the 5,000 seats in the Eastern Stand concourse are now being put in place,” Mr Koutsantonis said.

“While creating a world-class stadium for spectators is part of the puzzle, a key element of the redevelopment is the new playing surface.

“Today we are installing the first of the drop-in pitches and we expect that process to be completed by the end of the week.

“Now that the playing surface has been laser levelled to international standards and once the pitches are in place, we’d expect the new turf being grown at Langhorne Creek to be rolled out some time next month in readiness for the cricket season.

“That should mean we are on track to be ready for the first Sheffield Shield match on 13 November ahead of our battle to recover the Ashes in December in front of 35,000 spectators.”

Watch as the new pitches go in at Adelaide Oval.