Sunday Selections # 142

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.
Kim spends more time writing at The Shake these days.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in as well, although Kath has been quite busy lately and unable to join us.
There are several other participants now though:
Jackie K at Working Through It

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of the new constructions currently in progress around Adelaide.

Remember the dome like structure I featured last Thursday? in the background of the footbridge photo. 

Here we go again>>>

that's it there, in the distance.

a wider shot, with the footbridge in the midground and some weird ball sculptures in the foreground.

a glimpse over the trees. You can probably already guess what this is. There's a clue right there in the photo.

oooh! vaguely spaceship shaped. I'm still on the South side of the Torrens, zooming in.

a long distance shot. With cranes. I do like cranes.

an underside view. Still with cranes.

there's the footpath sign telling you all what this is. I've crossed the river now.

a view of the works from Montefiore Hill.
Before the construction started many people from North Adelaide complained that it was going to spoil their view, but it isn't much higher than the trees surrounding it and the view is mostly the office buildings of the city centre anyway.

hey look! I can still see buildings! Ha.

Ta-Da!! You've guessed by now I'm sure.
The new Adelaide Oval with more! bigger! better! seats. This is all so that football may now be played in the city instead of way out at West Lakes. The original Adelaide Oval, which has been touted as the best cricket pitch in the world (well, one of them) was only used for cricket. For years.

another shot from Montefiore Hill, without the sightseers.

a closer view of the underside of one of the seating sections.

The "gubmint" want more people to visit the city centre more often, so decided to bring them in via footy matches. The idea is that people will shop in the city, view a footy match, then maybe stay in the city and eat dinner at one of many fine restaurants or even at the casino, (hence the footbridge).
It's all about the money of course. Bring in the locals and the tourists and watch them spend. 
No mention of what they will do with their kids all day......

it was a Sunday when I was wandering around, so the machinery was resting.

I sure as heck hope they've got the parking options sorted out.
Imagine the gridlocks if they haven't! With people getting frustrated at missing the bounce.

There's hope that more people will use public transport to get to and from.
With kids and prams and eskys?
Getting home again with kids and prams and eskys and shopping?
I can't see that happening.  Single people or couples, maybe,  groups just going to the footy, not families.

this is what the heavy machinery does to footpaths and roads.
I'm sure they'll get that fixed.

The oval will still be used for cricket matches, but with the grass getting torn up each winter by footballers fighting over the ball, I can't see this being the best cricket pitch in the world anymore.
A lot of extra work and money will have to go into repairing the pitch each season.


  1. Nice series. I guessed it was a stadium because of the lighting. Even our high school stadiums turn night into day so those kids can play Friday night football.
    So many major cities around the world are redeveloping their city centers, for the better. I hope you are at the beginning of a good outcome.

  2. Our local government has made parking in the city centre an expensive nightmare. And wonders why the centre is being used less! Less available parking at exorbitant prices might have something to do with it - but this is not something they acknowledge.
    I like the flying saucer image - and hope that it is a resounding success.

  3. Melbourne's MCG is very close to the city. People do spend money in town before and after matches, but mostly on food and drink rather than clothes etc. Extra people on the streets usually ads vibrancy. I think it will work well.

  4. WOW that will leave a hole in the West Lakes community funds, and personally I don't think combining cricket and football is the best, although I suppose the MCG does it quite well. You are right about the parking, they better have got that sorted. Normally when hubby goes to Adelaide for work he stays out at West Lakes and you can tell when the footy is on.

    Great photos River.

  5. Very modern looking.

  6. Joanne; I certainly hope so. Adelaide had needed a boost of some sort for decades. Too many projects have been suggested, but rejected by those with enough power to say "we" don't want this. It's nice to see new things happening that will increase tourist traffic as well as more locals in the city.

    Elephant's Child; parking here is the same and now they've introduced pay-to-park at a couple of major suburban shopping centres it will only get worse. The hope is that more people will switch to public transport. Ever tried to get 13 bags of groceries on a bus?

    Andrew; I suspect the casino and restaurants will do far more business than supermarkets and clothing stores.

    Kakka; The only real benefit for West Lakes is the staff from all the shops will be able to get out of the parking areas faster after work without all the footy people clogging things up. I remember finishing a shift at Coles there one evening just as the footy was finishing, I got on the bus and 40 minutes later we were still in the parking lot.

    Delores; it looks great doesn't it!

  7. A lovely new stadium. Sports fans will appreciate a new one, no doubt. It was a great gussing game while it llasted . Yay for Adelaide. I wonder who that town was named for, someone's girlfriend or an early pioneer woman or a main street madam who ruled the down town area. I alway used to guess that about Helena, where I live, too.

  8. Manzanita; I read somewhere recently who Adelaide is named for but can't quite remember. Somebody's wife I think, or a Queen Adelaide, I'll have to check.

  9. Thanks for sharing that River. I was wondering how the work at the Adelaide Oval was going and now I now where the Crows (and that other team) will be playing in 2014. I think the Gabba, SCG and MCG handle footy and cricket quite well now they've found out how to keep the pitch from being muddy each winter. Our main football oval (Subiaco now known as Patterson's) is right in the heart of that suburb and people seem to manage somehow, many of them using the train as there is minimal parking there.
    Look forward perhaps to more update as the renovations progress. Thanks again for some fantastic photographs.

  10. Mimsie; I've heard that other ovals manage footy and cricket quite well, perhaps that is what finally prompted our city in the same direction. I'll be watching the news after the oval opens for business to see how the parking goes. I'm expecting to see city wide traffic snarls, and at the same time, hoping I won't.


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