In another exciting development for the home of football in South Australia, it’s been announced today that Adelaide Oval will become the first stadium in Australia to feature an integrated hotel.
Under the plans unveiled by the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA) – which is the joint venture between SANFL and SACA responsible for managing and maintaining the stadium – a boutique 128-room Adelaide Oval Hotel will be integrated into the eastern façade of the existing structure.
The project will be funded by a loan of up to $42m to be provided to AOSMA by the South Australian Government Financing Authority (SAFA) at commercial rates. It’s anticipated that it will be open by August 2020 in time for the ICC World T20.
SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said the announcement was “great news for football”.
“There are stadia around the world that incorporate hotels, and we’ve heard the AFL announce similar intentions for Marvel Stadium earlier this year,” he said.
“A boutique hotel will add another layer to the experience of coming to Adelaide Oval and will encourage even more interstate fans to make the journey.
“From a SANFL point of view, this is an innovation that will help offset the ongoing costs associated with operating and maintaining the stadium, ensuring the benefits from Adelaide Oval will continue to flow into grassroots sport.”
The design of the hotel has been extensively reviewed by the Office for Design and Architecture South Australia (ODASA) to ensure it complements the current outstanding Adelaide Oval design environment. Plans will now be lodged with the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) for approval ahead of a construction tender process early next year.
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