As I mentioned previously, the initiative taken to get Adelaide Oval the first day/night test Match should have been followed through by the SA Govt & SMA to negotiate a deal with Cricket Australia so that Adelaide be given a permanent slot for the first weekend in school holidays in December, & given the status every year as the #3 test match.SRW wrote: ↑Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:12 pmJust regarding the Perth's place in the pantheon for cricket:
'Perth's WACA Ground is no place for Test cricket in 2020, as laptops melt and spectators sizzle' as reported by ABC News
Basically argues Optus Stadium has not won over fans (yet) but there's no turning back to WACA. Choice quote for the parochial: "If Adelaide can attract consistent Test crowds of more than 30,000 so can Perth".
Given that SA Tourism has just announced that international tourism numbers to SA are down almost 5% for 2019, as I have raised before, AO needs to play a bigger role in international tourism. For example, if AO had the recent NZ test match, instead of Perth, SA would probably have had a few thousand kiwis attend, as it was there were no more than a trickle of international visitors for the recent Pakistan test match, the majority of the crowd were local, plus the usual interstate evergreen cricket tragics.
It was good that AO achieved the 3rd highest test match crowd attendance this summer (after Melbourne & Sydney), but the multiple 40 degree days which Perth had during the test match pushed their crowd numbers down, so not a fair representation, the same happens at AO when there are 40 degree days, crowd attendances drop off considerably – can’t expect many people in the general attendance areas to feel comfortable when it's very hot.
AO really needs to get the permanent slot negotiated, so it gets the best test matches of the season. It still has a good argument to win, based on history and past attendances, however that argument will become weaker as time goes by.
Boosting even small international tourism numbers to Adelaide will mean more to SA economically than to WA or QLD, because we are working from a small base relatively speaking. That’s is why AO needs to be used more for higher profile international events on a regular basis.