Nice work by Adelaide United last night, knocking off Uzbekistan’s Kuruvchi FC in front of a sellout crowd of 16,998. The match finished 3-0, with all three goals coming in the second half – despite Adelaide struggling at various points in the match – and the Reds will now travel to Tashkent with a huge advantage. The other ACL Semi-Final between Gamba Osaka and Urawa Red Diamonds finished 1-1 (away goal for Uruwa).
The question of which venue to use if Adelaide do qualify for the final has already been raised – and apparently already been answered by management: they want to stay at Hindmarsh. Hopefully they can somehow organize some temporary seating to squeeze a few more home fans in — the first leg of the Semi-Final was sold out a week in advance with an estimated 3,000 people watching on a big screen outside the ground.
The other stadium options are AAMI Stadium (aka Football Park) which holds approximately 51,000 or the 30,000 capacity Adelaide Oval. The downside to both venues is that they are large ovals, making it a less intimate experience for fans. Additionally, Adelaide Oval has a cricket pitch in the middle, which presumably wouldn’t satisfy AFC/ACL regulations.