Adelaide Oval’s ‘hallowed turf’ made free for the public
Adelaide Oval’s hallowed turf has been dug up, cut up and is about to be given away.
As the $535 million redevelopment of the oval gathers pace, the turf of what has long been regarded as the world’s most beautiful international cricket venue is being offered to the public for free.
It has been cut into about 2000, 30cm squares with people free to take away up to four each this Sunday.
“We want some of that historic turf to go to good homes,” Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis said on Thursday.
“This is a first-come, best dressed, limited offer.”
When work at the oval is complete it will have a new laser-levelled playing surface along with improved drainage and special drop-in cricket pitches to make it suitable for a variety of sporting codes including AFL, rugby and soccer as well as cricket.
The new turf is already being grown south of Adelaide and is expected to go down in August.
The oval revamp also includes major new grandstands to increase seating capacity to 50,000.