"The roar of the fight crowd": Grenfell Street Stadium

Between 1939 and 1949, this was the scene of thrilling fights and disputed decisions. For ten years, a boxing stadium was located just behind 184 Grenfell Street.

Few purpose-built boxing stadiums were built in the city, and consequently many bouts were held in theatres, dance halls and even the Jubilee Exhibition Building on North Terrace.

Although only open for a few brief years, many local and visiting boxers took part in matches here, including Bob "Bomb" King, Johnny Ryan, and Cyril "Butcher" Wade. In September 1949, the stadium was closed and converted into stores for the nearby markets.


The Grenfell Street Stadium, 29 May 1940.

The Grenfell Street Stadium, 29 May 1940.

Source: Image courtesy the State Library of South Australia, B9545 View File Details Page

Leo Demetral

Leo Demetral

Leo Demetral was one of many boxers who competed in the ring at the Grenfell Street Stadium. The News newspaper observed that Demetral was favoured to win the match against Fred Atkins on 17 August 1940.  | Source: “Keen Wrestling at Stadium Tonight”, News, 17 August 1940, p.4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page11350762 View File Details Page

Street Address:

184 Grenfell Street, Adelaide [map]

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Adelaide City Explorer & East End Coordination Group, “"The roar of the fight crowd": Grenfell Street Stadium,” Adelaide City Explorer, accessed July 22, 2017, http://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/194.

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