Media Release

SANFL kicks off Checkside Tavern transformation

By SANFL Media

SANFL will this week commence a $4 million overhaul of its Checkside Tavern at Football Park, West Lakes, which is set to breathe new life into the popular local venue.

 The project will include extensive exterior and interior refurbishment work and is being undertaken in stages to ensure the venue can remain operational throughout.

Designed by leading South Australian architectural firm Studio Nine and to be constructed by award-winning local commercial builder Pascale Construction, the redevelopment is expected to be completed by the end of August this year.

The venue will also drop its football moniker in favour of a more modern, cosmopolitan name – Mosaic Hotel – to reflect the rich history of Adelaide’s west and its diverse and evolving community.

Side view of the Mosaic Hotel.
Main image: Front view (from Turner Drive) of the Mosaic Hotel.

SANFL General Manager Commercial Operations Neal Matotek said the hotel upgrade forms a key part of SANFL’s strategic plan and was focused on delivering a high-quality asset for the community to enjoy.

“Following the divestment of the Football Park precinct by SANFL, the West Lakes community has undergone significant growth and transformation including the building of some 300 new homes so far as part of the WEST development,” he said.

“Accordingly, there is a significantly heightened demand for a modern, multi-use venue that is fitting of the diverse community that now makes up West Lakes and the surrounding suburbs.

“This is also a fantastic commercial opportunity for SANFL as we continue to look at ways to expand and diversify our revenue streams, which is money that ultimately gets invested back into the game at all levels.”

Neal Matotek | SANFL General Manager Commercial Operations


The external upgrade will feature a new façade designed to be in-keeping with the new WEST development being undertaken by Commercial & General, while interior upgrades will include a new bistro and balcony for alfresco dining, along with private dining areas.

The new Mosaic Hotel also will incorporate a contemporary bar and casual dining facilities, as well as a fully refurbished gaming room and TAB facilities.

The disused “Magarey” function room located upstairs also will be transformed into 1000 square metres of office space as part of the project, to be available for lease upon completion.

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