Priceline Stadium and Thebarton Oval latest to benefit from SA funding
South Australia’s home of netball, Priceline Stadium, as well as Thebarton Oval and the State Centre of Football will receive multi-million-dollar upgrades as part of the state’s sporting infrastructure fund.
These latest upgrades follow the announcement last week that Hindmarsh Stadium and Memorial Drive would be upgraded at a cost of $90 million between them – all part of the $214 million fund to improve sporting infrastructure in South Australia.
On Sunday, Premier Steven Marshall announced funding of $12m for the stage two upgrade of Priceline Stadium; $5m towards an $18 million facelift of Thebarton Oval; and a further $5m towards the $19 million upgrade to the State Centre of Football.
He said the State Government aimed to “lead South Australia into a sporting golden era”.
The upgrade to the Priceline Stadium will include an increase to its 3200-seat capacity, new-look foyer and improved stadium entry with turnstiles, updated food and beverage facilities for spectators and technology upgrades including scoreboards and replay video screens, and improved viewing spaces.
Thebarton Oval will be redeveloped to become South Australia’s second home of Australian football and capable of hosting AFLW matches. The state will contribute $5 million to the $18 million project.
The redevelopment will include improvements to the grandstand and spectator amenities, new unisex change rooms, gym, rehab, coaching and education rooms as well as new administration offices.
Further funds will also be contributed to the State Centre of Football at Gepps Cross. The multi-million-dollar facility at the State Sports Park will include a main pitch with grandstand seating for 1,000 spectators, two-story clubhouse, admin facilities for FSA and two community pitches.
The hub will be capable of hosting local games through to FFA Cup matches and national and international training and events.
While sporting infrastructure in South Australia has received a significant boost, some of the biggest events in the state have fallen victim to Covid-19, with the Government axing the Adelaide 500 Supercars event, while the Tour Down Under has been cancelled for 2021.