Major works have officially commenced on the $53 million transformation of Hindmarsh Stadium in what is another example of smart investment by the Marshall Government to create opportunities for South Australia.
The redevelopment of SA’s home of football is supporting 218 jobs and will provide significantly improved playing and training environments for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as an impressive venue to host Adelaide United A-League and W-League football matches.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard, said the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to upgrading the stadium played an integral role in securing Adelaide as a host city for the Women’s World Cup.
“Plans for a major overhaul of the stadium were part of our winning bid to bring the Women’s World Cup to South Australia, which will see the world’s best female soccer players take to the pitch in front of a global television audience of more than one billion people,” Minister Wingard said.
“This redevelopment is a huge win for our state, where the revamped stadium puts us in the best possible position to continue attracting major international sporting events going forward.
“This upgrade adds to the long list of sporting infrastructure works that are being carried out under the Marshall Liberal Government, including construction on Memorial Drive Stage 2 and the redevelopment of Netball SA Stadium, the Adelaide Super-Drome, the Women’s Memorial Playing Fields and the SA Athletics Stadium.
“This strategic approach to investment in sport and recreation infrastructure, is part of our 20- year State Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan which represents our long-term commitment to sport in this state.
“Building high quality sporting infrastructure is key to showcasing sport across the state, which in turn leads to increased physical activity participation rates in children and youth.”
Adelaide United Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Kosmina, welcomed the upgrades and said the improved amenities will benefit the entire footballing community.
“I’d like to applaud the South Australian Government and Adelaide Venue Management for their funding commitments,” Mr Kosmina said.
“This is a significant milestone for football in this state and will ensure Coopers Stadium remains one of the best football venues in the country.
“While the upgrades will modernise and enhance the entire match day experience for our fans and the broader South Australian community, it will also provide the perfect stage to showcase the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.”
$45 million has been committed to the redevelopment of the stadium which will include a full replacement of the pitch, new stadium lighting, a roof for the eastern grandstand and a major overhaul of the stadium’s change rooms.
Extensive upgrades will also be carried out on the venue’s game day amenities, including media facilities, entry gates, food and beverage outlets, toilet facilities, disability access and event operations centre.
As part of the works, Adelaide Venue Management will fund $8 million in technology enhancements, including two giant video replays screens, pitch LED signage and a new stadium speaker system.
The lead managing contractor for the project build has been awarded to locally based Hansen Yuncken and 218 jobs will be created through construction.
Construction is expected to be completed by December 2022.