The new Adelaide Oval performed perfectly for the second Ashes Test and shone in a few areas - it was a sellout for the first four days so spectators, players and promoters loved it (the fifth day was free entry because, as predicted, it only took an hour for Australia to complete the win on their way to the 5-nil whitewash).
There was a bit of rain on Day 5, so the drainage also came through with flying colours as did the commentary area with the Nine team raving. The pitch and the outfield played well and there were 1186 runs scored 32 wickets taken - and to make it even more enjoyable for the home crowd, Australia scored 702 of the runs and took 20 of the wickets.
This amazing transformation at the oval won’t reach final completion until March 2014. Pretty much the only recognisable part of the old ground, apart from the pitch, will be the iconic scoreboard. As well as state of the art seating and audio-visual facilities there will be dining and catering venues to suit all tastes and budgets from hot dogs to haute cuisine with bathroom facilities no more than a couple of cricket pitches in length from anywhere in the stands.
It has been a massive achievement and here is a time lapse video to give you an idea of the undertaking.
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