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#1 toc76

Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:33 PM

I am planning to take the family to the Adelaide Oval to watch the Big Bash when we are visiting Adelaide in late December.   Its a game starting at 6.30-7pm. I went to buy tickets today but my husband said I should work out where the sun will be because if won't be a great experience if we have the sun in our faces the entire time.

So my question is: Can anyone recommend the best seating/place to sit at the Adelaide Oval so we will get a good view of the game and not have the sun in the faces.  The grassed area at the Northern End is already sold out

Thanks

#2 seayork2002

Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:41 PM

Same! We have gold class but DH booked them! Never thought about the sun!!!

Sorry this  reply is no help to you

Edited by seayork2002, 19 October 2019 - 08:42 PM.


#3 Let-it-go

Posted 19 October 2019 - 09:02 PM

Yes the sun is straight in your face on the eastern stand which is where most of the public sale seats are.  The members stand takes up the whole western side so you can’t purchase them.

Try the seating in the southern stand (river end it might be called) but don’t go too high up.  Way up the top there and you are a long way from the action.  You may still get the sun for the first part if you down low.  Having said that, double check forecast on the day for what to take, it can brutally cold at Adelaide Oval when the sun goes down.  I’ve been at Day night matches in full jackets and scarves.  But it could be 40 deg :laugh:.  Oh the joys of the brutal SA summer!

ETA - the matches go until 9.30/10.30pm.  Even if you are in the east stand, you should be ok after about 8.  The sun goes behind the western stand.  It’s the test and 1 day matches, I’d never sit over there.

Edited by Let-it-go, 19 October 2019 - 09:06 PM.


#4 Expelliarmus

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:24 AM

A lot of the southern/riverbank stand is members seating as well but levels 3 and 5 are the only place to sit without being in full sun for the first innings.

If you get seats in the eastern stand bring sunglasses and a hat. Also take a lot of chilled water and some of those fan spray bottles. In the case of the eastern stand higher is better because the roof shadows the sun earlier. It’s still a great experience - you just need to be prepared.

#5 Let-it-go

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:35 AM

Agree with Expelli, it’s a great experience.  Even if you only get seats in the sun, you’ll still have an awesome night.  They generally get close to a sell out (NYE is usually a sell out) so it’s a brilliant atmosphere.

#6 Let-it-go

Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:35 AM

Another tip for AO is the food is woeful.  I know you can’t expect much at stadiums, expensive and unimaginative, but AO seems to take it to new levels.  Either eat an early dinner in the city or Nth Adelaide and walk to the oval or at least pack a few extra snacks.  

Maybe I’ve just spent too much time there and my patience for queuing for a $15 burger with nothing in it but a lukewarm paddy and small slice of cheese on a stale bun has reached its limits.  The good places seem to have queues a mile long.

#7 seayork2002

Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:30 AM

View PostLet-it-go, on 20 October 2019 - 08:35 AM, said:

Another tip for AO is the food is woeful.  I know you can’t expect much at stadiums, expensive and unimaginative, but AO seems to take it to new levels.  Either eat an early dinner in the city or Nth Adelaide and walk to the oval or at least pack a few extra snacks.  

Maybe I’ve just spent too much time there and my patience for queuing for a $15 burger with nothing in it but a lukewarm paddy and small slice of cheese on a stale bun has reached its limits.  The good places seem to have queues a mile long.

Yeah thanks we were thinking this due to other stadium experiences,  we have been to AO before but didint get food.

I am planning on a pie floater somewhere in the trip so maybe before the match?

#8 Chicken Pie

Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:40 AM

Yes to all the above esp packing own food!

#9 Let-it-go

Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:41 AM

View Postseayork2002, on 20 October 2019 - 09:30 AM, said:


I am planning on a pie floater somewhere in the trip so maybe before the match?

:laugh: I don’t think I’ve ever had one of those hideous things (but I hate pea soup)!  Back in my bar hopping, drinking days, the van would be out the front of the casino/train station on Nth Terrace so right near the Oval.  But not until late so I’m not sure he’d be there at 6pm.  
If he even still exists :shrug:.  My DH was quite partial to a pie floater.  

Jamie’s Italian is actually a good choice pre match.  They often have kids eat free specials in school holidays and you can book from early.  Easy walk to the oval.

Edited by Let-it-go, 20 October 2019 - 10:41 AM.


#10 Expelliarmus

Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:53 AM

Pie floater van doesn't exist anymore. This may help you find one though https://glamadelaide...de-this-winter/

I actually don't find the fish and chips too bad at the Oval. I used to get a turkey baguette but they changed to sandwiches and they are crap. The food is expensive though. We bring pizza slices from the bakery and lots of chips and lollies of our own.

#11 seayork2002

Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:56 AM

I call them pie sinkers it would have to be one of the best things I have ever eaten! We had one last time we were in adelaide

DH is not a fan really but we both love mushy peas and I am still getting one when we go back he knows that

I love Adelaide

Op we are talking in a cafe about this thread and am planning on stocking up at the Adelaide markets with supplies for the night

#12 toc76

Posted 20 October 2019 - 01:37 PM

Thanks Everyone for the info.

Have been busy booking accommodation and tickets.
I got tickets on the mid level of the eastern stand so hopefully they will be good seats - will make sure we have hats and sunglasses just in case.

The food suggestions were also fabulous.  Will definitely be taking food with us.

Accommodation is about a ten minute walk from Adelaide Oval.

So hopefully we are all set for a fantastic trip to Adelaide.

#13 *Nasty*Squeekums*

Posted 21 October 2019 - 05:45 PM

View Postseayork2002, on 20 October 2019 - 10:56 AM, said:

I call them pie sinkers it would have to be one of the best things I have ever eaten! We had one last time we were in adelaide

DH is not a fan really but we both love mushy peas and I am still getting one when we go back he knows that

I love Adelaide

Op we are talking in a cafe about this thread and am planning on stocking up at the Adelaide markets with supplies for the night

My bold

Please tell me you were high at the time of eating said floater/sinker

I've never met a single person from Adelaide or sa who likes them and I was born here lol

Your a brave one

#14 *Ker*

Posted 21 October 2019 - 09:30 PM

I do not like pie floaters. But my dad does and he says the best ones are at Cafe De Vilis. But that's not in town - they're at Mile End or Blair Athol - about 10 minutes out.

AO food is disgusting. But there is a hot dog cart that does amazing hot dogs. They're usually set up at the back of the Riverbank stand. They're expensive, but really nice!

#15 Expelliarmus

Posted 21 October 2019 - 10:42 PM

There’s usually a hot dog stand near the bar in the eastern stand as well.

#16 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 25 October 2019 - 01:14 PM

View Post*Nasty*Squeekums*, on 21 October 2019 - 05:45 PM, said:

My bold

Please tell me you were high at the time of eating said floater/sinker


:rofl:  - I gather SY is from England so I guess mushy peas is one of their food groups :)

Ive tried a pie floater, not to my tastes but it wasn't as horrible as I expected it to be :p

#17 seayork2002

Posted 25 October 2019 - 01:18 PM

View PostWannabeMasterchef, on 25 October 2019 - 01:14 PM, said:

Posted Image  - I gather SY is from England so I guess mushy peas is one of their food groups Posted Image

Ive tried a pie floater, not to my tastes but it wasn't as horrible as I expected it to be Posted Image

Nah I am not - DH is and DS is half English half Aussie

but I did live there on and off over the years, but I sure to love their food!

I so miss decent fish and chips




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