A permanent celebration of South Australian sporting achievement will be established with the creation of a South Australian Sports Museum on North Terrace.
The forecourt plaza showroom in front of the Intercontinental Hotel has been secured for the new museum.
The site is located near the Convention Centre and the Riverbank precinct, major hotels, the Adelaide Oval, and the city’s retail centre.
An SA Sports Museum has been a longstanding goal of Sport SA and its affiliates, which represent more than 850,000 South Australians.
Currently South Australia’s sporting memorabilia is largely stored away out of the public’s reach.
Memorabilia will be on display celebrating champions such as:
- Simon Fairweather (Olympic archery gold medal in 2000)
- basketball legend Phil Smyth
- Gillian Rolton (Olympic equestrian gold in 1992 and 1996)
- Mike Turtur (Olympic cycling gold medial in 1984)
- Kate Slatter (20 national rowing titles and Olympic gold in 1996).
Others to promise to donate a part of their history to the new museum include former Socceroos captain Alex Tobin, LPGA tournament winner Jane Crafter, former Australian netball captain Michelle den Decker, and the legendary Marjorie Jackson-Nelson.
Memorabilia from all 38 members of the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame will also be displayed.
As part of the creation of the South Australian Sports Museum, a gallery of Hall of Fame inductees will also be developed at the Adelaide Oval.
Robert Gerard AO, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame, said he was delighted the State Government was providing this prime site on North Terrace as the location for the South Australian Sports Museum.
“We have been looking for a site for almost two years, and the result could not have been better. There’s ample public access and foot traffic,” he said.
“It’s going to be a place where we can celebrate all sport in this state. In particular, if there are major sporting events being held in the state, we can theme the museum to that sport, whether it’s athletics, hockey, cycling, or whatever sport it might be.
“The sporting community can use the museum as a gathering point for any number of things like big announcements.”
Sport SA will manage and operate the new museum.