The SA State Diamond Sports Centre will be ready for national league competition by next year, after the State Government pitched in a further $2 million to complete it.
The funding is part of the 2014/15 Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program (CRSFP), which will see $6.9 million shared among 46 projects across the State.
This $2 million grant will be used to complete Stage 2 of the new complex at Barrett Reserve, including a shared administration building for Softball SA and Baseball SA, new change rooms for diamonds one and two, and an upgrade of lighting to the main softball diamond.
This comes on the back of a $2 million grant which was awarded in 2013/14 for Stage 1, for a new indoor training facility, a new multi-use softball/baseball diamond, construction of spectator mounds and upgrades of existing diamonds and lighting to international playing standards.
The $4 million State Government investment will provide South Australians with a key sports hub for baseball and softball, capable of hosting national league games.
Softball and baseball have a combined membership of almost 6,000 in South Australia and deliver school-based programs to more than 66,000 students.
Having Softball SA and Baseball SA co-located at the new complex willhelp to strengthen the relationship between the two sports.
The SA State Diamond Sports Centre is centrally located in the Adelaide Shores precinct, close to accommodation, transport, shopping and the beach, making Adelaide the ideal place for national and international competitions for both sports.
The Community Recreation and Sport Facility Program supports projects from community-based organisations, local government, active recreation and sport clubs, and schools for the planning and development of new or existing facilities.