Netball SA has secured a $4.5 million contribution from the State Government towards the redevelopment of Priceline Stadium at Mile End as part of the 2017/18 budget.
The facility, which officially opened in March 2001, is the State sporting facility for the sport of netball, is home to Netball SA’s 34,000 members and 360 clubs, and hosts over 350,000 visitors per year.
According to Netball SA CEO Ben Scales, the Stadium plays a key role in making the sport accessible to all South Australians.
“Every week thousands of South Australians visit Priceline Stadium to participate and watch netball, whether it be for training, to play in the Netball SA Country Championships or the Nine News Netball Cup, or to watch the Adelaide Thunderbirds play,” Scales said.
“The State Government’s investment in this iconic South Australian sporting facility will ensure that we can continue to provide participation and development opportunities from grassroots netball training and competitions through to the elite.”
With a 3200-seat capacity, four indoor netball courts and 26 outdoor courts, Priceline Stadium also hosts a range of sporting and community events.
“It’s vital that as a state we continue to invest in sport, ensuring there are adequate facilities available for the community to participate,” Scales said.
“Sport plays an integral role in our society, contributing to physical and mental wellbeing, uniting communities and providing opportunities for inclusion.
“And as the leading women’s participation sport in Australia, netball is an important gateway to community involvement in sport.”
The State Government’s investment represents the first step in a multi-stage redevelopment of Priceline Stadium, aimed at improving the facility for participants and patrons.