Netball SA Stadium upgrade following funding boost
The upgrade of Netball SA Stadium at Mile End will proceed in full thanks to an additional $6 million in federal funding.
Netball SA had already received $12 million from the South Australian government last November, but the additional funds will allow the stadium master plan to be delivered in full.
Plans for the 3200-capacity stadium upgrade include enhancing the fan experience through increased capacity with elevated seating, modernising entry facilities, upgrades to the public address system, new scoreboards and video screens, and updating bar and eatery facilities.
Netball South Australia CEO, Bronwyn Klei, said the funding will help provide a first-class netball facility for South Australia.
“We’re going to have a facility that’s not only better for spectators and better for players, but one that will generate benefits for netball across the entire state,” Klei said.
“Netball is the number one sport for women and girls, and I want to thank both the federal and state governments for showing netball in South Australia this very tangible support.”
Senator for South Australia and minister for finance, Simon Birmingham, said the funding for the stadium was committed by the Morrison Government in the recent federal budget.
“Over 100 jobs will be created during the redevelopment and is yet another example of the projects the Morrison and Marshall Governments are supporting to boost South Australia’s economic recovery,” Birmingham said.
“This funding will improve facilities and boost player participation for both community and professional netball at the Mile End stadium,” he said.
Minster for recreation, sport and racing, Corey Wingard said the Marshall Government was proud to support the project.
“This investment in South Australia’s home of netball will not only benefit our elite athletes but also the thousands of young South Australians who play netball at a grassroots level,” Wingard said.
“The Marshall Government is proud to be investing record amounts in sporting infrastructure across the state, helping to position South Australia as a premier sporting destination both nationally and on the world stage,” he said.
Opened in 2001, Netball SA Stadium was built at a cost of $11.1 million and is home to Super Netball team, Adelaide Firebirds.
The boost for the home of netball in South Australia follows news last week of $15 million in state government funding to build a new State Basketball Centre at the Adelaide Showgrounds.