Football Park (SA)

  • Located in West lakes, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Capacity of 51,240
  • Surface Dimensions: 165m x 135m
  • Constructed in 1973
  • Original Construction cost: 6.6million
  • Owner: South Australian National Football League
  • Currently known as Aami Stadium
  • First VFL/AFL use: 1991 (premiership season),

Football Park is presently an AFL stadium located in the west of Adelaide, and is the largest sports stadium in South Australia, and currently ranks as the fourth largest AFL stadium until Adelaide Oval is complete.

As part of the Great Footy Migration away from grounds controlled by Cricket, the SANFL made its move to West Lakes in 1973. The first match was a SANFL game between Central Districts and North Adelaide in May 1974. The Stadium was first used for AFL football in 1991, although State of Origin matches had been played there since the 1980s.

  • image source: Adelaide Advertiser

Football Park is presently home to the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power, although the Power maintains separate training facilities at Alberton Oval.

Since 1991, the stadium has hosted 420 home and away matches (crowd average: 35,106) and 20 finals (crowd average 40,767)

AFL match Attendances (sourced from http://stats.rleague.com)

Best Crowds
51140 Adelaide v Port Adelaide Football Park 2003
50521 Port Adelaide v Adelaide Football Park 2005
50514 West Coast v Adelaide Football Park 2006
50393 Essendon v Adelaide Football Park 2009
50275 Port Adelaide v Adelaide Football Park 2002
49846 Port Adelaide v Adelaide Football Park 2001
49513 Adelaide v Port Adelaide Football Park 2002
48768 St Kilda v Adelaide Football Park 2005
48522 Adelaide v Collingwood Football Park 1993
48131 Port Adelaide v Adelaide Football Park 2003
Lowest Crowds
13683 Port Adelaide v West Coast Football Park 2012
13953 Port Adelaide v Brisbane Lions Football Park 2012
14113 Port Adelaide v West Coast Football Park 2010
14169 Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs Football Park 2011
14508 Port Adelaide v North Melbourne Football Park 2012
14583 Port Adelaide v Fremantle Football Park 2012
16274 Port Adelaide v Fremantle Football Park 2011
16694 Port Adelaide v Richmond Football Park 2010
16887 Port Adelaide v St Kilda Football Park 2011
17275 Port Adelaide v North Melbourne Football Park 2011

Developments and Redevlopment Timeline

Development Year
Seating in the outer 1982 1982
Concourse Roofing 1982 1982
Additional Electronic Scoreboard (Northern End) 1983 1983
Light Towers erected 1984 1984
TAB and SANL Administration building 1985 1985
Lift & Disabled Area 1987
Brick Paved Parking Area 1988
Changeroom 1 & 6 Fitout 1988
Oval No. 3 Lights Erected 1989
Original AFC gym built 1991
High Voltage Power Upgrade 1991
Additional Kiosks/Concessions 1991
Convention Centre and Kitchen Upgrade 1992
AFC Offices built 1992
No smoking policy introduced 1994
Additional PA System installed 1994
Park Pavilion Suites completed 1997
Upgrade of AFC gym and Administration building 1998
Northern Superscreen erected 1998
Undercover disabled Viewing Area 1999
New Media Centre 1999
Premier Facilities completed 2001
Northern Grandstand completed and opened 2001
New Bus Terminal opened 2001
AAMI Stadium Naming Rights 2002
Upgrade of Crows Tavern 2003
New bucket seating installed 2004
Upgrade of AFC Administration building 2004
Upgrade of Kiosks in Members Area 2006
Upgrade of PAFC Changeroom & Crèche 2006
Upgrade of Visiting Club Changeroom 2007
Southern Superscreen Erected 2007
New Public Address System installed 2007
Player Bunker Boxes on Oval upgraded 2007
Upgrade of Kiosks and Bars in Public Area 2007/2008
AAMI Grounds Facility opened 2008
New Crows facility 2009

Reduction in status

The Advertiser, yesterday revealed that several grandstands and a capacity of well over 40,000 will remain in place for at least ten years following the removal of AFL games to Adelaide Oval. Crows training will remain at the facility.

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