The new Adelaide Football club is expected to spend an estimated $8 billion on a $2 billion stadium which will feature an expansive concourse, an elevated stand and seating for more than 50,000 fans.
The AFL and state governments have committed to building the $2.4 billion venue, which will be the first of its kind in Australia.
The $2bn is the first time the AFL has announced a major investment in the state’s sporting infrastructure.
The stadium, which is being built on the site of the former Adelaide Oval, is scheduled to open in 2023.
It will have an auditorium with seating for over 50,0000 fans, an indoor and outdoor bar, a bowling alley, an outdoor gym, an on-field bar and an area to accommodate a new football complex.
“We’re hoping this will be a transformative stadium for the city,” Adelaide City Council executive member Robyn Lough said.
“It will change the face of football in the Adelaide community.”
You could be in the pub with 50,200 fans and not see a blemish in the surface of the ground.
“I think it will be very important for the football community.”
She said the project would also bring in $300 million in additional revenue for the City of Adelaide.
The project will include a total of four levels.
The stadium’s roof will be made from reinforced concrete, which can withstand the temperatures expected in Adelaide during the summer months.
It also features a unique dome, which contains a large glass panel which can be removed for spectator use.
Lough said the stadium would feature a retractable roof to reduce fan noise.
“The stadium is designed to be a spectator venue, so you don’t have to stand in line,” she said.
AeroBond chairman Scott Lacey said the new venue was designed to provide a sustainable and attractive home for football and would benefit the surrounding community.
He said the facility would not only provide an important venue for fans but also attract the local industry.
“There’s a lot of excitement around the potential for a new stadium for Adelaide, and the development of this new facility, which should be the envy of the AFL and the State of South Australia,” he said.
The stadium will be named after the first AFL player to play for the club, John McLean, who died in 2017.
It will also feature a large fountain with a capacity of over 1,000,000 litres, an interactive roof with seating and a large, circular stadium scoreboard.
The venue will feature a new and improved public gallery with a full bar, an observation deck and an indoor bar.
The building will also include a new media centre, entertainment venues, retail and entertainment facilities.
The first phase of the stadium will include new amenities, including a large open area to create a dining area, a bar and lounge areas, and a public entrance and exit.
“We are looking at the stadium as a place where we can provide a unique amenity and place where people can enjoy their time in the community,” Lough told news.com:au.
“This is a fantastic example of how the game can provide opportunities for people to come together.”
The $9.5 million in public funding for the stadium was provided by the Australian Council for Culture.