If you haven’t experienced sport at Adelaide Oval yet, an Adelaide Strikers Big Bash League (BBL) and Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) a is a great excuse for a family night out.

There are plenty of home ground opportunities for you to catch the Strikers in action this season. Below are the matches remaining this season.

Oh but you hate cricket I hear you say. Its boring and the rules are stupid and its boring. Well luckily, there is more to a trip to see the Strikers than just a game of cricket. This year the games start at a mix of 3:10pm or 6:40pm. This is perfect for all families. Do your kids turn into Gremlins after dark? Hit up the arvo games. Do your kids want to see the lights and fireworks? Then pop on to the later games.

The gates open about 2 hours before the games start, giving you plenty of time to grab some of the Huuuuge offerings of free merch (bucket hats are my personal free hat of choice…you can buy proper merch but that stuff is $$$$$) and check out the kids activities (or the bar. Of which there are plenty).

Speaking of kids activities, the biggest addition this year is the Adventure Hill, a huge multi storey playground at the northern hill area. Traditionally a grassed area for families, this is the perfect spot to lay out a rug and watch the game while the kids run around nearby. Free for kids 5-12, this is a beauty! Look out for other kids promotions specific to each game too. (fireworks, kids movies on the big screen to name a couple for this year!) Sadly buying food at the oval is as cheap as Christmas, so pack some snacks.

If you are buying food, don’t be scared to walk around as different parts of the oval offer different food choices if you want something other than hot chips. The Strikers really offer a high energy, interactive and fun experience for their games. It really is one of the best events on the Adelaide summer calendar and it is designed to suit families to a tee!

Below are a few tips we’ve come up with to help you make the most of your night.

  1. Get there early
    Check the Adelaide Strikers website for match times and get there at least an hour early for the BBL match to find a carpark and a good seat. If your kids are up for a double header be sure to get there for the WBBL matches that are normally on around mid afternoon (before the night game) or if you have younger kids who might not be up for staying up late, take them to the arvo game instead.
  2. Find a good spot.
    The sun can be a bit of an issue on the Eastern side of the oval, especially if it’s been a hot day. I’d suggest entering at south gate (closest to the train station) and sitting down that end as the sun is freaking scorching on the eastern stand even at 7-8pm! If you can’t sit in the southern end then just as close to that end as possible (furthest away from The Hill and scoreboard end)
    There are a number of places suitable for wheelchairs in various locations both in members and corporate levels
    and also spots available for pram parking. But once again get there early if you need one of these.
  3. Get Merch-ed
    There’s heaps of free merchandise given away at the front gates pre-match, another reason to get there early and score yourself a crazy wig, flashing glasses and of course a 6 and 4 sign to hold up.
  4. Check out the FREE Kids Zones
    Face painting, practice nets, jumping castle kids rides and this years biggest attraction Adventure Hill, a huge multi storey playground at the northern hill area
  5. Wear Blue!
    The Strikers are blue, so get your blue gear out and join the sea of blue that pack the seats to support our team.
  6. Avoid the chicken nuggets!
    There are plenty of food stations located all around the oval, but just trust me on this one, don’t get the nuggets! (sorry Adelaide Oval, the venue is amazing, but the nuggets are atrocious!) As I mentioned, we find it much easier to feed the kids before we go, and then just bring our own snacks and a bottle of water. It’s only 3 hours so you don’t have to pack a lot, but we all know how handy a packet of sultanas can be for a child up past their bedtime!

Even if you’re not a cricket fan, the BBL/WBBL is a great night out with the kids and the Adelaide Oval is spectacular in the evening, well worth it and I very much recommend it.