South Australian Cricket Association members have voted in favour of a proposal to amend the Association’s Constitution to allow a joint venture with the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval subject to the final appropriate agreements.
Tonight at the Adelaide Showgrounds, 10,078 (80.3%) members voted in favour of the proposal, while 2461 (19.63%) members voted against the proposal.
A total of 12,539 of SACA’s 19,203 eligible members took part in the vote.
Under SACA’s Constitution, 75 per cent of those who voted were required to vote in favour for the development to be passed.
SACA President Ian McLachlan said the Board, which has unanimously supported the proposal, was delighted with the result.
“This decision heralds a new era for cricket and football in South Australia with benefits over the coming decades for the State as a whole”, Mr McLachlan said.
“It is the result of years of negotiations and detailed work by many people and the vision of the State Government to fund this important improvement in South Australia’s infrastructure.
“I want to thank our members for their support and can assure them and all South Australians that we will work very hard with football, the State Government and the Adelaide City Council to successfully implement this great project.
Mr McLachlan said the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval would put SACA in a much stronger financial position while delivering new world-class spectator facilities and protecting the unique heritage of Adelaide Oval.
“SACA’s stronger finances and debt-free position will mean millions of extra dollars a year available to be invested in developing cricket all around the State from junior level to the Sheffield Shield,” he said.
“Adelaide will have the most modern sporting venue in the country with world-class facilities in the best location in any capital city.
“The redeveloped Oval will draw large crowds to the city on a regular basis throughout the year, creating opportunities for hotels, restaurants, bars and shops in the CBD and encouraging increased visitation from interstate.
“It will enable Adelaide to complete more effectively with other interstate and international venues to attract major events, whether sporting or cultural such as concerts.”