Why would you want to do that when we have a beautiful stadium already in the city going to waste on cricket that nobody really cares about? As far as I'm concerned Adelaide Oval would be a perfect ground to host Power AFL matches after its redevelopment. The SANFL needs to get over itself and think about the good of SA Football rather than how much money it can't make if the Power leaves AAMI. I'm sure SACA would be better landlords.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the AFL require their grounds to be all-seaters? I may be wrong and can't think off the top of my head whether Carrara and Yorke Park are all seaters, but if I'm not wrong (actually, as I type I'm leaning more towards me being wrong...), there's no way that the hill on Adelaide Oval should or would make way for seats so that AFL can be played there.
Either way, it would be best for the city if both teams played in the city. 20-30,000 Port fans every fortnight for 6 months won't make that
much difference, but together with 40-50,000 fans every other week at a new stadium, which could also hold international soccer matches and have an off-shoot entertainment centre for non-stadium concerts, basketball etc, it would.
AAMI and its surrounds could be sold off to developers (and be made into housing as it always should have been) and this, coupled with the extra patronage and therefore additional income it'd get from a central stadium, the SANFL would realise it's outlay in no time.
champsman wrote: No, its not. Its a river. Given, its no Yarra, but its still a river.
Effectively, it's as good as a lake. Technically, it might fit the criteria to be called a river, but my point is that it's not anything that Adelaide should or will be built around. That's not to say it shouldn't be the focus of a cafe/retail precinct, but if it ever takes off, the present Riverbank walk and a bit more as demand arises would be enough.
The Torrens can never be the focus of the city in the same way that the Yarra is in Melbourne or the Brisbane River is in Brisbane, as there's not much more they can build on its banks, can't build on practically all of the northern side or on Elder Park and as you head west of Morphett Street, where there actually is land, you get further and further away from the rest of the city and further towards the Airport's fly zone.
champsman wrote: Agreed, but I think its actually a great first choice.
The idea is to bring locals and tourists into the city, make them want to spend and then allocate that money to important things such as building hospitals. The city would benefit more, financially, from a stadium/entertainment precinct, and that money can be moved elsewhere, but if that's not going to happen, a hospital and some other commercial and civic development is not a bad alternative.