Football Federation South Australia (FFFSA) has announced plans to establish a multi-purpose football facility and headquarters at Gepps Cross in Adelaide.
The development is part of an A$30 million State Government investment in the State Sports Park.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the State Government will provide $19 million toward the $26 million State Centre of Football, along with $7.7 million to redevelop the Super-drome, $2 million for a BMX training facility and $1 million to upgrade the State Hockey Centre.
Koutsantonis said the State Centre of Football will provide world class facilities to cater for everything from social participation to FFSA education and player pathway programmes and establish a venue capable of hosting national and international events. He said:
This new facility at Gepps Cross further enhances South Australia’s reputation as the spiritual home of football in Australia.
It is a boost for grassroots football as well because it frees up the Parks and Adelaide Shores for junior football.
It will enable the Football Federation of South Australia to develop the game at a community level while hosting national and international competitions.
The State Centre of Football will be built on a 15 hectare parcel of land located within the State Sports Park. It will include:
- 3 x synthetic pitches
- 1000 seat grandstand for main pitch
- 2 x 200 seat grandstands for match pitches
- Administration buildings, media facilities and football museum
- Player and Referee Change Facilities and gymnasium
- Kiosk/cafe/bar facilities
- 10 x synthetic outdoor five-a-side pitches
- 3 x multi-use indoor futsal pitches
- Lighting, landscaping, fencing
Construction of the Centre is estimated to be complete by 2020.