mattwinter wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:15 am
Bob wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:46 am
SRW wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:39 am
I think you could argue the Entertainment Centre has as good or better public transport connections than Adelaide Oval -- it's physically closer to both the tramline and railway as well as key bus routes.
I am not sure if your comment is sarcasm or if you are serious? If serious, what are you smoking?
Besides, you want interstate and international tourists to be attending events in the best part of your city – not send them out to a wasteland.
Hindmarsh is literally only a couple of kilometres out of town... close to train and tram stops, close to the new major freeway that's being planned through our city. Close to the airport, in a nice area of town with things like Queen Street and Bowden nearby. Good parking available.
Go for a walk on a hot summer evening to the nearest train stations. See how convenient it is. The tram stop isn't that much closer. Both are in reality a little out of the way. They aren't built to service Coopers stadium.
In any other city in the world we'd talk about that as an ideal location. Having Adelaide Oval in the city is nice but there's a lot more to Adelaide than the CBD. The whole idea that our sporting venues need to be right next to each other makes no sense really... Just because it's like that in Melbourne?
In what city, where? Europe? Most major European cities, and even smaller European cities, have subways/metros, with lines built to service major sporting venues in many of those cities. Here in Adelaide we wouldn't dare dream of having such systems in place, because they would cost too much.
It makes perfect sense to have major stadiums located in the same precinct, and consolidating as many of the major codes as possible into fewer venues. It reduces costs for those clubs and their respective codes. It also reduces operating cost pressure for the stadiums, especially if they are all under one central governing body such as the SMA. More tenants, more revenue, less cost pressure burden.
Hindmarsh upgrade seems totally appropriate to me. I'm a soccer fan and I like going to Reds games, but the A-league is in serious trouble at the moment and apart from Adelaide United, and a few concerts Hindmarsh doesn't get a lot of use. Some might talk about the potential for "world cup" games but we don't build stadiums for hypothetical events that we may well never see come to our shores.
Hypothetical events? You're a soccer fan who apparently doesn't know the 2023 FIFA Womens World Cup is going to be hosted by Australia & NZ?
Yeh, I've heard lots of these AUFC fans who don't want to move from Hindmarsh, because "they" are happy there.
But then those same fans will bitch and moan that there's no investment in their code, that it doesn't grow. But they'll resist change that will lead to growth.
Mind you, plenty of countries and cities around the world build new stadiums or do major upgrades of existing stadiums for these large sporting events.
Most of these fans had no interest in the a national league prior to the A League.
The whole thing was revamped and relaunched, and more people became interested. Out with the old in with the new.
Build better venues, with better transport access, follow the same concept as Adelaide Ovals redevelopment for AFL, where people are drawn to it not just for the match but because there's a range of things to do in the city a shop hop over the torrens before and after a match. And the game will grow. Bigger sponsors will come in, bigger tv rights deals will be made, and more money will be flowing to clubs, who will be able to bring in bigger name players.
But by the sounds of things, plenty of A League fans are content with being a second rate competition with minimal crowds and interest.