Coopers Stadium (Hindmarsh Stadium)
|Clubs||Adelaide United FC|
|Renovations||1975, 1996, 2000|
|Record attendance||17,000 (Adelaide United - Gamba Osaka, 12.11.2008)|
|Address||Holden Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia 5007|
Description: Coopers Stadium
The football association of South Australia (SASA) initially had a plot of land in a different location to make the future home of the sport. However it proved impossible to maintain a natural pitch there with frequent flooding being a major problem. Thus the move to old Hindmarsh Oval which was step by step transformed into Hindmarsh Stadium – a ‘rectangular’ as Australians call football stadiums.
First grandstand came in 1960 and could seat 2,000 people. Terracing surrounded the field over time, floodlights came in 1970’s and so did the national team of Australia. As football was not popular back then, in 1970’s and 80’s the national side travelled around smaller venues across the country, often ending here, at Hindmarsh.
The ground was temporarily enlarged to accommodate 20,000 when Sydney was hosting the 2000 Olympics. However today it’s smaller, with 17,000 seats on double-tiered stands on each side, excluding the corners. The attendance record came in 2008, when Adelaide United after just 3 years of existence won the AFC Champions League final against Gamba Osaka.
In 2013 brewing company Coopers bought the stadium's name for a period of 5 years.