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AFL to consider games at Adelaide Oval

09/04/2009 05:04:24 PM Comments (0)

Officials from the AFL, SANFL and the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) have met in Melbourne on Thursday to discuss the prospect of top level football returning to Adelaide Oval.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou, SANFL executive commissioner Leigh Whicker and SACA president Ian McLachlan engaged in talks that covered the Oval's potential further use, the precarious financial state of Port Adelaide, and their collective opposition to the construction of a third multi-purpose sports stadium in Adelaide.

"The AFL is appreciative of the SANFL and the SACA sitting down to detail the position for both sports in SA and the way forward to present the best experience for all sporting fans and for the growth of both sports within the state," Demetriou said.

"SACA presented a concept design to the SANFL and the AFL to expand Adelaide Oval's capacity to beyond 50,000, while the SANFL reaffirmed its commitment for the game's home to be at AAMI Stadium and restated the importance of the $100 million required from the State Government for its $200 million redevelopment."

McLachlan, who has long dreamed of bringing AFL to the oval, said there would be further discussions in coming weeks.

"The conversation was interesting and informative and all parties agreed to meet again in a few weeks' time," he said.

"I will be reporting back to the SACA Board at its next meeting."

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