Friday, August 24, 2007

Adelaide Oval Scoreboard - An Edwardian Treasure

Yesterday my wife had a planning meeting at Adelaide Oval. I went along at lunch to have the tour. By far the most interesting is the scoreboard, dating back to Edwardian Times, first seeing action in 1911. It is almost completely hand operated, with four working levels to allow all the information to be updated. Six to eight people are needed during test matches and it must be bloody hot in there on Adelaide summer days.


Anonymous said...

I love the Adelaide score board. Has to be one of the best in the country. There's something about the old hand operated gear that the digital scoreboards can't come close to!

Colin Campbell said...

The first thing that hits you is the smell of musty wood. The sort of thing you get if you go into the attic of an old house. Everything is hand operated, including the only electronic part, which are two lights. One to show who is bowling and one to show who fielded the ball.

James Higham said...

It must always remain. When they took the Melbourne one away, it was a travesty. Flashing lights and bells does not a scoreboard make.

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