Ricey
Years ago

Memorial Drive development in Adelaide

With the new redevelopment now announced for Memorials Drive, it appears to have a clear roof (or retractable) yet has been touted as an outdoor court. Would it be smart for the 36ers and BSA to try push the government to increase funding to make the stadium multipurpose for basketball and netball? Seems like a logical step, but we know how logic and governments don't generally mix well. Would be an ideal situation for all sports you'd imagine for cross promotion and engagement.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

no brainer. having a stadium in the city would be brilliant.

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Baller#3  
Years ago

Needs to be multiuse. Whats the point otherwise. Get all sport in that precinct

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Sadly what's been announced now is the $10m stage 1, which is to get suburban tennis out of the main courts so they can build the $190m arena which hasn't been officially announced yet. Might need to wait for the state election for that to be promised.

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proud  
Years ago

$190m stadium? if it's built like Perth Arena you'll have a $700m stadium there!

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36er Fan  
Years ago

Previous comments by the 36ers owner have indicated that he prefers a stadium closer to the city and mentioned the redevelopment of the Memorial Drive (?Arena) as a possibility. Fans should remember that BSA no longer have any monetary interest in the 36ers and have shown little interest in developing any new basketball venues. Any new basketball venues developed or being developed are mostly related to local councils.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I'd Compare it more to the upgrade of Margaret Court Arena (which cost $180m) than the building of Perth Arena, however I would expect that $190m to blow out a bit more because there's more work to do at Memorial Drive than there was at Margaret Court Arena including seats on the sides for example.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Only in Perthworld does an average stadium (and so ugly on the exterior) cost $700mil.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

The Arena cost $550mill. Unfortunately it was built in the height of the resources boom where everything was expensive, and the government at the time had no idea how to manage a project of that size.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

$550mil for that piece of crap? What a joke. Nowhere near value for money.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Why is it a piece of crap? What could they have got for that price? I'm assuming you are an expert on major construction projects.

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Ricey  
Years ago

Aware of BSA having not financial commitment, or otherwise, to the 36ers. However they would be stupid to not try get involved in some form, especially as we all know they would be wanting to use the venue for the ABL grand final. Through them they could help raise extra money from the government.

Interesting though that this redevelopment is only for the side courts but talking about the main court as if it's involved... Wonder what the seating capacity will be for the new main stadium?

They should be looking to also add some outdoor courts nearby for basketball, also in Brighton/Glenelg and towards Port Adelaide along the shore. Inexpensive in terms of other upgrades they make and will actually be utilised and brings more people to the areas.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Why is it a piece of crap? What could they have got for that price? I'm assuming you are an expert on major construction projects.

I have been to NBA arenas. Many built cheaper and better. Obviously you've only ever been in Perthworld and have nothing to compare it to. Perth Arena is a joke.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Also closer to home go to Wollongong and see the bargain price they got for a 6K arena which actually looks good even though cheaply constructed. Got to give them a lot of credit, well done.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

"I have been to NBA arenas. Many built cheaper and better. Obviously you've only ever been in Perthworld and have nothing to compare it to. Perth Arena is a joke."

Yes, you're lack of specific information clearly proves I've never been to an NBA game...

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Anonymous  
Years ago

There were stories of electricians sitting weeks in the arena with nothing to do and getting paid $$$$. Perth is a ripoff city with ripoff projects. Useless state government and an eyesore of an arena now. That design is so WTF.

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koberulz  
Years ago

That design is so WTF.
You misspelt 'award-winning'.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Architects will always vote something 'funky' and 'different' up. It is awful on the eye.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

It's like the Boston City Hall, no one likes it except the architecterual community.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Yes, we know the government mismanaged the project but why does that mean the arena is "a joke"? Its a great stadium that cost a lot.

You haven't actually said what is wrong with it.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Horrible exterior.
No variety in food outlets.
Food and drink closes while event is still running.
Empty spaces inside which assumedly were for more food outlets?
Bad choice of interior arena colour - blue.
Seating far away from court, no 'on top' style.
Security check doesn't work - Seinfeld show had thousands stuck in queue for an hour.
One stand is temporary and actually is unstable and moves when crowd get up.

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Ricey  
Years ago

There are no new NBA stadiums that cost less than 500 million. Maybe cost less in USD, but after conversion they will cost way more. Not to mention the cost of labour is far less, and so on.

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koberulz  
Years ago

Bad choice of interior arena colour - blue.
Seating far away from court, no 'on top' style.
One stand is temporary and actually is unstable and moves when crowd get up.
It wasn't designed to solely be a basketball venue.

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Haz  
Years ago

I love Perth Arena but one thing I hated was the insistence that it be built so it was suitable specifically for the Hopman Cup (eg the blue interior, the spacious floor etc)

Its a one week tournament and it isnt even that good! The Wildcats and all the concerts there are a bigger deal than the Hopman Cup.

This is the thing with arenas being built - it's hard to design so its perfect for every tenant that uses it.


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Anonymous  
Years ago

Only one of those things is an issue with the design and/or construction, and even then its subjective to peoples tastes.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Yeah it's a joke a crappy one week tournament dictates the whole design. Again, clueless state government.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

A tournament that no one even goes to

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I got free tickets one year and left half way through as the quality of tennis was woeful. How about we at least get a real ATP or WTA tour event.

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koberulz  
Years ago

Hopman Cup to stay after record crowds

Record crowds have filled seats since the tournament kicked off last Sunday, with attendance figures expected to top 105,000 by the event's close.

The previous record was set in 2013 when 104,468 people watched the Hopman Cup as it was staged at the Arena for the first time.

On Wednesday, 13,785 spectators watched Switzerland take on Germany — the biggest tennis crowd in WA history.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Record crowd <> large crowd

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Anonymous  
Years ago

#132 they go to it, they are sheep, but awful quality.

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koberulz  
Years ago

13,785 is more than have ever attended a Wildcats game.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

105k across 13 sessions is not impressive at all. That is far less than the 13 worst attended Wildcats games across all seasons at the arena

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Anonymous  
Years ago

#139 it is mostly pensioners who get free/heavily discounted tickets and want to escape the heat for a day

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I think you're right. The one time I attended and bailed early there were geriatrics everywhere.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

How did this become about Perth Arena?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Perth is the centre of the universe.

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Anon  
Years ago

That area has improved so much over the years. Have certiakyvtjen a leaf out if he melbourne sporting precinct area.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Who, Iceland?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

^^^ hahaha, brilliant

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