- Hindmarsh Stadium
stadium_name = Hindmarsh Stadium
fullname = Hindmarsh Stadium
built = 1960 (Redeveloped 2000)
opened = February 2000
seating_capacity = 17,000
tenants = Adelaide United (
A-League) ( 2005- ) Adelaide Rams( Super League (Australia), NRL) ( 1997- 1998)
dimensions = 110 x 78 metres
Hindmarsh Stadium is a football (soccer) and rugby league football
stadiumlocated in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. It is the home of the Australian A-Leagueteam, Adelaide United.
The Stadium underwent a major upgrade in time for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, an event where it hosted several group games as well as a quarter final - see
Football at the 2000 Summer Olympics. During the games the stadium had temporary seating installed to bring the capacity of the stadium to roughly 20,000.
The stadium now has a capacity of 16,500, 15,500 of which is seated. Home team, Adelaide United regularly fill this capacity, and averaged crowds of over 12,000 to its matches during the 2006/2007 Season. United will use the stadium for its upcoming home matches in the 2008 AFC Asian Champions League.
The Stadium's Record attendance is 16,998 at the
AFC Champions League Semi-FinalFirst Leg between Adelaide United FCand FC Bunyodkor. Adelaide won 3-0.
In the past, the stadium hosted
Adelaide Cityand West Adelaide Soccer Clubin the now-defunct National Soccer League.
Other football (soccer) played in the stadium in the past include several international matches, including most of the games played in the
2004 OFC Nations Cup- an event where the Socceroos began their qualifying campaign for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In 2007 the venue hosted the first two rounds of the Olyroos campaign as they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The stadium was briefly used as a home ground for the short-lived
rugby leagueteam, the Adelaide Rams, and hosted a National Rugby League(NRL) match on April 15, 2006between the Penrith Panthersand the Melbourne Stormwith 7,017 fans in attendance. Melbourne won 40-18.
The stadium was originally known as Hindmarsh Oval and was the home ground of
West Torrens Football Clubin the SANFLfrom 1905 to 1921.
October 3, 2008it was announced by the SA Government Minister for Recreation and Sport Michael Wrightand Cronulla Sharkscoach Ricky Stuartthat the Sharks will play 3 NRL home games at Hindmarsh over 3 years starting from 2009. The first of those will be against the North Queensland Cowboysin April, 2009.
* [http://www.recsport.sa.gov.au/recreation-sport-fac/ors-facilities.html Hindmarsh Stadium] - Office for Recreation & Sport South Australia
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