Just a quick remark. The Commonwealth Games will only attract people from a limited number of countries. Most of these know about Australia and perhaps to a lesser degree Adelaide. What we want are international events on a continuous basis that will attract people from all over the world. These don't have to be all specifically aimed at the Adelaide Oval. The Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, University Games or a World Championship would give us the widest possible exposure. Adelaide should be thinking big. We did it for a decade with the FIA Formula One Championship, and successfully too, so why not do something on that scale again, we have the know how?Bob wrote: ↑Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:58 amSo, based on your logic Adelaide Oval should be twice the capacity it is today? In 1965 over 62K turned up for a football match at AO when the population was 700K, or in 1976 over 66K turned up for a football match at FP West Lakes when the population was 930,000. I should rephrase that - only 66K got in, there up to another 10K outside who had the gates shut on them and couldn’t get in. Since AO redevelopment one football match squeezed in over 54K when the population was 1,350,000. And afterwards there were complaints about the viewing restrictions, if you search through the newspapers articles you will find reference to this. No relationship between population and football match attendances in those examples.
Or we could look at it in reverse, was MCG capacity overbuilt, when they fitted in 120,000 for the 1970 VFL GF when their population was 2,500,000 or was it under built because today in a redeveloped configuration the MCG capacity is only 100,000 for a city with a population approaching 5M? Except today everyone in the MCG gets a seat.
So, is Adelaide Oval underbuilt or overbuilt? Well football matches are one thing but to become relevant in the new world international events must be attracted and on a regular basis. Inflows of international $$$ are mandatory to ensure taxpayer $$$ for AO redevelopment are made worthwhile. International corporations and spectators expect comfort, that you must provide for, or miss out.
Meanwhile as we continue to trash this out on here, Perth last night hosted Aus v NZ Rugby where every seat in Optus Stadium was sold out. Thousands of NZ fans travelled to Perth – Optus Stadium is doing far more for WA tourism than AO is for SA tourism. Do you want that trend to continue or start getting a bigger slice of the pie?
Too many here is SA still think AO is for the extended suburban football competition and going to the hill is just an expansion of going to stand at Norwood Oval or similar, the SMA would know what they need to do about it in the medium term – getting the CW games and funding to finish AO with a northern stand and give everyone a seat would be a big step in the right direction and put the final jigsaw piece in place for AO once and for all.
As for the northern stand in a few years the Moreton Bay Figs will be dead. They should be thinking about a new stand right now instead of the hotel. All they have to do is replicate the Southern Stand (even though I think it is one the worst stands around), but at least it will make the oval look good until in future they rebuild the Western Stand with the same design as the Eastern Stand. Then Adelaide Oval at least in looks will be the best in the country.