Multiuse venue planned in South Australia

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A re-elected Marshall Liberal Government is planning to come up with a new 15,000-person multiuse indoor arena in the Adelaide Riverbank precinct in South Australia.

A news release sent out from the office of Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia, stated that the new arena proposal has been developed by the Adelaide Venue Management Corporation and has undergone preliminary assessment by Infrastructure South Australia.

The Adelaide Riverbank is one of Adelaide’s iconic public spaces, offering panoramic views across the River Torrens and surrounding park lands. On the City side of the Riverbank one will be greeted by the Adelaide Botanic Garden and Botanic Park, Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Railway Station and to the North, Adelaide Oval and the North Adelaide Golf Course.

Steven Spence Marshall is an Australian politician serving as the 46th and current Premier of South Australia.

Announced on March 19th, 2021 by Premier Marshall, the arena is to be built immediately West of the Morphett Street Bridge and the price tag will be circa $700 million. Final costs will be released later in 2021 after further consultation and technical work.

Said Marshall, “This project will create jobs for South Australians and help cement Adelaide as one of the most liveable Cities in the world. Our investment will take recent Government and private investment in entertainment and convention infrastructure along Adelaide’s riverbank precinct to more than $2 billion.”

The new arena, which will come up in lieu of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, will hold concerts, conventions and court sports – including basketball, netball and tennis.

Sport and entertainment events in South Australia are currently limited by the capacity of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and its location. The Adelaide Entertainment Centre currently has a total capacity of 11,300, with only 9,600 for basketball and netball. The new arena will be able to pack in 15,000 for all events.

An underground tunnel below Morphett Street will provide a direct link with the Adelaide Convention Centre and increase exhibition space by 5,600 sqm.

This is a significant new element to the project which is different to earlier proposals. This marked increase in exhibition space will enable South Australia to compete for major international conferences and events that the Australian State presently cannot bid for.

Construction work of the arena will start when major works for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital is estimated to conclude in 2025. Once final costings are determined later this year, funding will commence in 2023 on planning and set the stage for construction.

This timing will provide certainty and stability to the South Australian construction sector.

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