Adelaide Oval’s technical upgrade set for Ashes debut

Adelaide Oval’s technical upgrade set for Ashes debut

23 Nov 2017

The Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority is today unveiling a world class sound and lighting upgrade to Adelaide Oval in time for next month’s day-night Magellan Ashes Test Match.

The upgrade, which was announced in March this year, underlines the SMA’s focus on reinvesting back into the Oval to constantly improve and enhance the experience for patrons and keep the venue at the forefront of global innovation.

The Adelaide Oval SMA delivered the $9 million upgrade project with funds provided by the Commonwealth Bank and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). The loan is to be paid back over an eight-year period. The project is the largest and most expensive upgrade to the Oval since its redevelopment.

“As promised the SMA has delivered this substantial technical upgrade in time for the upcoming Ashes Test Match, which presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase our new sound and lighting capabilities to a global audience,” said Adelaide Oval SMA CEO Andrew Daniels.    

“Adelaide Oval is recognised as one of the world’s leading stadia and the SMA is committed to solidifying our reputation as a global innovator through ongoing investment in our facilities.

“We are constantly benchmarking ourselves against the best to ensure Adelaide Oval continues to meet the demands of international event promoters and the millions of patrons that enjoy our venue each year,” he said.

In an all-South Australian partnership with Kojo, Big Screen Video, Sarah Constructions and Mott MacDonald, the upgrade includes.

A total of 220 LED sports lights have been installed on the leading edge of the Eastern, Riverbank and Western stands replacing the existing incandescent sports lighting

- A total of 314 LED full colour architectural lights have been installed in the Eastern and Western stands and Moreton Bay Figs to light up the Adelaide Oval, creating unique experiences and memorable moments

- New LED ribbon boards

- New back-end infrastructure:

  • Utilise all LED screens as one integrated canvas, allowing for new, modern, engaging content — i.e. activations, pre-game entertainment, and moments of exclusivity
  • Full social media engagement and moderation — display social posts on any LED screen, run social media campaigns on game-day, including live polling
  • Built with the latest production technology — i.e. best video graphics processing on the market
  • Integration capabilities and fully customisable

- Project consultants Mott MacDonald estimate the 220 LED sports lights and the feature LED architectural lighting are projected to use around 35 per cent less energy than the lighting they are replacing.  The ribbon boards, when compared with a screen of the same area, represent a significant 15 per cent energy saving.

Media: Elise Partington, Adelaide Oval Communications Coordinator on 0417 875 126 or