Kensington Oval

Kensington Oval is now nothing more than a quite suburban ground with its days as Adelaide's main athletics facility long gone. The ground was originally a cricket venue, with Kensington District Cricket Club calling it home, who Sir Donald Bradman played for when he moved to Adelaide in 1934.

 

 

In the 1960's, the oval was converted into Adelaide's premier Athletics facility and was then known as the Olympic Sports Field. During this time, the ground also played host to Soccer with the Adelaide City SC calling it home until they moved to Hindmarsh Stadium following the 1989 season. Their record crowd was 13,132 for a game against Marconi on 4 July 1977.

 

When Adelaide's new premier athletics venue opened in 1998, Santos Stadium, there was no longer any need for the athletics track at Kensington, therefore the track was ripped up soon after and the ground restored at a cricket venue.

 

Kensington has also played host to a couple of SANFL clubs, including Norwood who played at the ground between 1882 and 1897 and also South Adelaide FC.

 

Kensington Oval now plays host to grade cricket and women's matches. The ground itself has a single grandstand with the rest of the ground surrounded by a hill. Interestingly, there's no boundary fence separating the hill from the playing arena.

Kensington Oval Details

Location
Address
The Parade, Kensington SA 5068  
Capacity
8,000  
Record Crowd
13,132 - 4/7/1977 NSL: Adelaide City v Marconi
Highest Crowd since 2003
 
Lights
No  
Arena Roof
No  
Video Screen
No  
Redeveloped
1998
Former/Other Names
Olympic Sports Field
Sports Played
Cricket  
Home Teams
 
Last Event
 
Next Event
 
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See nearby Kensington Oval hotels and more. VIEW ACCOMMODATION

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