A cricket ground or a football stadium? The business of ground sharing at the Adelaide Oval before 1973

Lionel Frost, Margaret Lightbody, Amanda Carter, Abdel Halabi

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Before 1973, cricket and Australian Football used the Adelaide Oval for major games during their respective seasons. Football’s popularity as a spectator sport prompted its organising body to seek to build an improved stadium, but cricket authorities controlled the asset and acted to maintain its specialised character as a cricket ground. A case study of how the gains from a shared capital good are negotiated when asset controllers and users have different objectives is provided. A series of counterfactual scenarios based on football remaining at the Oval is constructed from archival sources and their outcomes projected based on data in financial reports.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1164-1182
Number of pages19
JournalBusiness History
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2016


  • Adelaide
  • Australia
  • cricket
  • football
  • Ground sharing

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