$80m stadium to raise netball profile in SA

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$80m stadium to raise netball profile in SA

In a major win for grassroots participation in sport, the State Government will invest $80m for a new multi-sport facility at Mile End to replace the ageing Netball SA Stadium.

The government’s investment of $80m will build on $12m already committed to the facility to ensure its future, including $6m from the Federal Government, taking the total investment to $92m.

Premier Peter Malinauskas announced the investment as the Adelaide Thunderbirds began their premiership defence at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

The plan will see the existing Mile End stadium rebuilt with more courts and better seating, offering an overall better experience for the half a million people that attend the venue every year.

Netball is one of the state’s most popular physical activities, with more than 35,000 people regularly participating.

All 26 outdoor netball courts at Mile End will also be upgraded with better shelter, improved lighting and new playing surfaces to support the strong community commitment to netball across South Australia.

The revitalised, flexible indoor complex with a 3000-seat show court will help to attract even more national-level sporting events to South Australia.

The redevelopment will mean the stadium will become a multi-sport facility, allowing other indoor sports like volleyball to use the new complex.

The existing stadium has been plagued by a range of very public issues including a leaking roof, failed air-conditioning, and power failures which have forced the regular cancellation of games.

Located at the gateway to the Adelaide CBD, the Mile End sports precinct will this year see the opening of the new South Australian Sports Institute, the Australian Centre for Sports Aerodynamics and the UniSA Sports Science hub, all complementing an upgraded SA Athletics Stadium.

The redevelopment will be completed in two stages, with the indoor facility due to be finished in late 2027.

The redevelopment follows last year’s announcement the State Government had secured an agreement to move all Adelaide Thunderbirds home games to the much larger Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

That investment is already delivering dividends, with the Thunderbirds experiencing record membership numbers even before the commencement of the season.

“We are thrilled the Malinauskas Government has responded to the needs of the South Australian netball community and continues to invest record amounts into grassroots sport,” Netball SA chief executive Bronwyn Klei said.

“The stadium is the home to netball and this redevelopment will secure the future for all of netball in South Australia.

“We have worked tirelessly in recent years with the government to achieve this for our community and we’re so pleased our netball family will experience a first-class facility.”

Premier Malinauskas said more girls in SA play netball than any other ball sport.

“It is a powerhouse of participation,” he said.

“But quite frankly, the facilities that netballers enjoy at their major stadium are simply not fit for purpose.

“Now, we’re delivering on our commitment to deliver those 35,000 women and girls who play netball a proper facility.

“This is an investment in the future, which will provide new impetus for healthy, community-based participation.

“Situated in the middle of a greatly improved Mile End sporting precinct, the new stadium will also help facilitate more national and international events.”

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