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10 reasons to play and stay in sa this AFL Season

With the 2017 AFL football season kicking off, there are so many reasons to play and stay in South Australia before and after the game.

The lineup

This AFL football season, you’ll have plenty of reasons to make the trip to South Australia with 22 matches being played at the cutting-edge Adelaide Oval.

Sunday March 26: Adelaide Crows vs Greater Western Sydney Giants

Sunday April 2: Port Adelaide vs Fremantle

Saturday April 8: Port Adelaide vs Adelaide Crows

Saturday April 15: Adelaide Crows vs Essendon

Friday April 21: Port Adelaide vs Carlton

Sunday April 30: Adelaide Crows vs Richmond

Friday May 6: Port Adelaide vs West Coast Eagles

Saturday May 13: Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne

Saturday May 27: Adelaide Crows vs Fremantle

Thursday June 1: Port Adelaide vs Hawthorn

Friday June 9: Adelaide Crows vs St Kilda

Saturday June 17: Port Adelaide vs Brisbane Lions

Thursday June 22: Adelaide Crows vs Hawthorn

Saturday July 1: Port Adelaide vs Richmond

Friday July 7: Adelaide Crows vs Western Bulldogs

Saturday July 15: Port Adelaide vs North Melbourne

Friday July 21: Adelaide Crows vs Geelong Cats

Saturday July 29: Port Adelaide vs St. Kilda

Sunday August 6: Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide

Sunday August 13: Port Adelaide vs Collingwood

Friday August 18: Adelaide Crows vs Sydney Swans

Friday August 25 – Monday August 28: Port Adelaide vs. Gold Coast Suns

See the full list here.

Top 5 reasons to come for the match

Get ready to celebrate like a local with a pre-game burger at Bread & Bone (you'll thank us later), a pie floater (a meat pie dished up in a mushy pea soup) or a cronut (a donut crossed with a croissant). 

Here are our top 5 reasons:

Adelaide Oval entry by night

The Adelaide Oval by night.

The Adelaide Oval Atmosphere

You don’t have to be a die hard sports-lover to have a great time at the AFL football. Playing host to international sports matches, musical acts and arena spectaculars, the Adelaide Oval’s electric atmosphere and world-leading facilities (including the jaw-dropping Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb and luxurious Hill of Grace restaurant) are more than enough reason to don your team's scarf and ready your voices to cheer them on. 

Madame Hanoi restaurant, Adelaide

Madame Hanoi, Adelaide.

Sip and savour Adelaide’s café and bar scene

Whether you’re quenching your pre-game thirst or winding down after the action, you’ll find a smorgasbord of cool cafésbustling bars and world-renowned restaurants only a minutes’ walk from Adelaide Oval over the Torrens River into the CDB. Treat your taste buds and footy flair within the Adelaide Casino precinct - dine at their exotic Madame Hanoi, or savour the flavours at Sean’s Kitchen. Quench your thirst at Queens Head and Cathedral Hotel’s rooftop bar, or take-in stunning city views from the glamorous heights of 2KW

For the WAG’s (women and girlfriends) of AFL, refine your pre or post AFL experience at the many stiletto friendly venues in the inner city laneways of  Peel St, Leigh St and Gilbert Place. May we suggest Alfreds, Clever Little TailorPink Moon Saloon, Bread & Bone or Hains & Co.

BBQ Buoys, Adelaide

Chilling and grilling with BBQ Buoys.

BBQ Buoys and HandleBar

Chill and Grill on the River Torrens with BBQ Buoys – a round boat with seating around the edge and a barbecue grill and table top in the centre! Bring your own BBQ food and nibbles; boats come with BBQ, bluetooth speakers, esky and ice (if drinks ordered), glasses, plates and cutlery.

HandleBar offers 2 hour tours of the Adelaide CBD on a 16 passenger pedalling pub! Enjoy SA beer, cider, and wine (from $5) on-board while pedalling your bar through town. The mobile pub makes 2-3 stops at local pubs & parks to rest and refuel. 

Adelaide Oval roofclimb at sunset

Adelaide Oval RoofClimb.

Adelaide Oval RoofClimb

Take-on the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb Adelaide Oval and discover where they keep the best seats in the house. After building one of the top sports stadiums in the country, it seems only natural to add even more excitement with the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb Adelaide Oval – where punters can clamber over the billowing rooftops of the spectacular grandstands. Equally spectacular – the views, be it during the day or at twilight.

Shopping in Adelaide's bustling Rundle Mall

Shopping in Adelaide's Rundle Mall.

Fill your shopping bags

Adelaide is the perfect place to fill your shopping bags. Treat yourself to a pre-game splurge at Rundle Mall – over 700 retailers in one convenient pedestrian-friendly strip, only a few minutes’ walk from Adelaide Oval. Discover boutiques selling local designs and higher-end clothing stores on Rundle Street.

Top 5 Reasons to linger longer

With so much to see and do on Adelaide’s doorstep, there are countless reasons to linger longer in South Australia before or after the AFL match!

Seppeltsfield, Barossa

The Barossa's Seppeltsfield.

Wine with your footy

Adelaide has been recognised as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World – a network of ten major global cities that share a common feature: their internationally renowned wine regions. With 200 stunning cellar doors only a short drive away from the CBD and 18 world-renowned wine regions nearby, it's no surprise why.

Beer tasting plate, Lobethal Bierhaus, Adelaide Hills

Lobethal Bierhaus.

Brewery Tours

Discover brewers and cider makers with the perfect drop to quench your thirst. Try freshly made ales, lagers and stouts from any of the 20 or so microbreweries operating across the state. Take a trip to the Adelaide Hills and drop into the Hahndorf Inn at Hahndorf or Lobethal Bierhaus. Get fired up and visit the Prancing Pony Brewery in Mount Barker, which is Australia's only fire brewery, where beer is brewed on an open flame.

Temptation Sailing

Dolphin bonding with Glenelg's Temptation Sailing.

Swim with dolphins

Glenelg’s Temptation Sailing offers private cruises and dolphin swimming expeditions along South Australia's stunning coastline, just a 30 minute tram ride away from the city. Their catamaran, Temptation, accommodates up to 50 people, complete with bar, undercover seating area and sound system. Jump in and swim with the dolphins or stay dry and watch in luxury.

Koala cuddles at Cleland Wildlife Park

Koala cuddles at Cleland Wildlife Park.

Cuddle a Koala

Ever wished you could see Australia’s cute, cuddly, and not so cuddly animals in one convenient location? Discover must-see native species at the Adelaide Hills’ Cleland Wildlife Park. At Cleland you can see over 130 species with no boundaries! Get up-close to kangaroos and cuddle less than an hour’s drive away from Adelaide.

Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

The Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide.

Spend the night

Here for a few days? Boasting a luxurious range of high-end hotels including the five-star Mayfair, boutique Playford, glamourous InterContinental and stylish Adabco Boutique Hotel, there’s never been a better time to spend the night in Adelaide.
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