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The Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority has announced that it will launch what will be a unique new tourism drawcard for South Australia – RoofClimb Adelaide Oval.

To open in March 2016, RoofClimb Adelaide Oval will see participants travel from the Western Stand to the Riverbank Stand on a purpose-built path, offering breathtaking views and a unique perspective of the city of Adelaide and its surrounds.

In a world-first, RoofClimb Adelaide Oval will include 16 seats as part of a Riverbank Stand roof deck, providing the chance to sit and relax while enjoying the spectacular views.

“In the two years since its reopening, Adelaide Oval has captured the world’s attention and imagination in a way few could have foreseen,” Adelaide Oval SMA Chairman John Olsen AO said.

“More than 2.5 million people have flooded through the gates and global audiences have tuned in to witness its continued success. Now it’s about to get even better.

“Seemingly everyone who visits the Adelaide Oval wants to admire its architecture, breathe its history, walk its hallowed turf, talk about it, photograph it, video it – and share it. RoofClimb Adelaide Oval will take that to the next level and will truly help to lift South Australia’s profile on the international stage.”

As part of the announcement, media were today given unparalleled access to the heights of Adelaide Oval and the chance to see where the route will take participants, including the location of a new bridge built to link the Western and Riverbank Stands.

For those seeking an additional adrenalin rush, a deck high above the southern goal square will provide the perfect place to ‘lean out’ over the ground – tethered only by a harness.

“We believe this is an incredibly positive initiative for South Australia,” said Adelaide Oval SMA CEO Andrew Daniels.

“The seated viewing deck is particularly exciting given it is a world first for this type of offering. To be able to take in the action from the heights of Adelaide Oval while an event is underway would be a truly unique experience; it’s certainly an opportunity we will be raising with all our venue hirers, including the sporting codes and promoters.”

A number of different packages will be available when RoofClimb Adelaide Oval starts operating in March 2016, including sunset and night time climbs. Prices will start from $99 for adults and $69 for children (aged 12-15 years).

The Adelaide Oval SMA has examined other similar operations, such as Up at the O2 in London and Etihad Skyline at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, to ensure RoofClimb Adelaide Oval will provide one of the most amazing experiences in the world.

“It’s worth noting that the investment and all associated risks for this initiative lie with the Adelaide Oval SMA,” Mr Olsen said.

“We believe a significant opportunity exists within the soft adventure tourism market in Adelaide and we’re enormously excited about the potential benefits RoofClimb Adelaide Oval will deliver to South Australia.

“The redevelopment of Adelaide Oval was always about much more than sport and this new initiative will add another important layer to that intent.”

In addition to the RoofClimb Adelaide Oval announcement, a new café will today officially open its doors at Adelaide Oval, providing a seven-day offering at the venue and open to the public.