The Hyundai A-League 2016 Grand Final has been recognised on the world stage with Adelaide Oval claiming the international award for Event of the Year at the TheStadiumBusiness Awards in Ireland overnight.
Adelaide United downed Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in front of more than 51,000 fans in last year’s decider.
TheStadiumBusiness Awards recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally.
The Grand Final event overcame Allianz Stadium’s Sydney 7s tournament, a boxing world title fight at Goodison Park in Liverpool and big ticket events in Twickenham Stadium (UK), Levi’s Stadium (USA) and Estadio Azteca (Mexico).
Adelaide Oval SMA CEO Andrew Daniels attended the event in Dublin to accept the award.
“We’re delighted the hosting of the Hyundai A-League Grand Final has been recognised on the global stage, not only because it was a brilliant event but also because it underlines Adelaide Oval’s credentials in terms of the world game,” Mr Daniels said.
“We have now hosted the likes of Liverpool, two World Cup qualifying games and a number of A-League games including the final and each has been an outstanding soccer event in its own right.
“It’s a credit to Damian Hough and our grounds crew as well as our entire team for the practiced way in which the Oval is able to seamlessly switch between events and bring the best of everything to Adelaide.”