[VIS] Memorial Drive upgrade

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[VIS] Re: Memorial Drive upgrade

#331 Post by A-Town » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:04 am

Absolutely dreadful. If we do host the Commonwealth Games, this arena would need a complete rebuild. Hopefully they can easily reuse the canopy for something else, because it looks like a complete waste of money right now.

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[VIS] Re: Memorial Drive upgrade

#332 Post by citywatcher » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:15 am

Cheap tacky band aid
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[VIS] Re: Memorial Drive upgrade

#333 Post by SRW » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:50 am

I think it looks fine, but if this upgrade goes ahead, would it still be viable to build a multi-use arena elsewhere? As in, do we also need a tennis/basketball/netball/concert facility of 12-15,000 capacity? If that were also built, perhaps having two significant show courts would help us attract bigger tournaments.

But this pretty poor vision/politics from SA Liberals - with a hotly contested federal election round the corner, they could have put the hat out for contributions.
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[VIS] Re: Memorial Drive upgrade

#334 Post by Brucetiki » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:52 am

From a purely tennis perspective - it's a much needed upgrade to finally put the WTC out of it's misery.

Given Tennis Australia are saying it will be a combined ATP/WTA event, it looks like Perth's won the rights to the ATP Cup group matches - perhaps a reflection on this upgrade not being enough to get the ATP Cup.

If we've missed out on the ATP Cup, the upgrade hasn't been enough to get us the world's elite mens players. Yep, we'll get some quality mens players, and almost certainly some up an coming mens Australian players, but the ATP event will almost certain play second fiddle to the ATP Cup. On the flip side, we potentially could get some big name female players to the WTA event - getting to see a Williams sister or a Naomi Osaka at Memorial Drive will be awesome with this upgrade.

Not sure what concerts it will attract though, unless it will take concerts that currently play at sites like Botanic Park and Bonython Park. It'll be too small for big name acts.

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#335 Post by crawf » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:06 am

Why even fucking bother...

This Government is kidding themselves if they believe this is going to attract all these events to Memorial Drive. The whole thing needs to be flattened and rebuilt. It’s an embarrassment.

Extremely underwhelming.

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#336 Post by Jaymz » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:23 am

Quite the contrary....... from today's Advertiser.

""Adelaide to host major ATP tournament from 2020 leading up to Australian Open
Richard Evans, The Advertiser
an hour ago
Subscriber only
Memorial Drive to receive $10 million upgrade
Lleyton Hewitt on why Adelaide needs a new stadium
Memorial Drive show court redevelopment plan goes to cabinet
South Australia will host the world’s best tennis players from 2020 in a new tournament leading up to the Australian Open — with the ATP event to have a multimillion-dollar prize purse.

The new, 10-day international tournament will be held in January ahead of the Australian Open and will play host to top 120 male and female players.

It will effectively replace the Sydney International.

The South Australian event will have a total prize purse of $2 million, Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said.

“We have been working on this for a couple of years. It is a complete shake-up of tennis in Australia,” he said.

Australian tennis legend John Fitzgerald called Saturday’s announcement the “most impactful … I can remember for tennis in South Australia.”

The tournament will run in Adelaide for at least the next five years.

On Saturday, The Advertiser revealed the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre will be covered with a new roof as part of a $10 million upgrade.

The 5000-capacity venue — which is hosting the Davis Cup tie between Australia and Bosnia/Herzegovina this week — will be covered by a canopy by the end of the year, according to the State Government.

The upgrade will allow year-round use of Memorial Drive, including for concerts, community events and other sports, such as netball and basketball

The canopy will be fully funded by taxpayers.

MORE TO COME""

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#337 Post by followthefish » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:17 pm

Upon seeing the design today, my initial reaction was similar to most on here. The plans look uninspiring and they lack vision. However, I know someone who works with Tennis Aus and Tennis SA and he made a few points:
1. The new tournament will not clash with the newly announced ATP Cup, which means that quality of the field won’t be diluted and we will most likely see a number of top 20 players.
2. The roof is only Stage 1 of the redevelopment and the plan is to get more federal funding to then turn this into something much bigger. The tournament is starting in less than 12 months and this is the most feasible option in the meantime to get the centre up to standard to host such an event and then further develop it.

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[VIS] Re: Memorial Drive upgrade

#338 Post by [Shuz] » Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:13 pm

$10m just to build a roof that will only get demolished in Stage 2?

This Liberal Government cries service cuts and budget deficits and then blows $50m of our cash on vanity projects that serve no real return to the taxpayer.
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#339 Post by Jaymz » Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:29 pm

[Shuz] wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:13 pm
$10m just to build a roof that will only get demolished in Stage 2?

This Liberal Government cries service cuts and budget deficits and then blows $50m of our cash on vanity projects that serve no real return to the taxpayer.
Ummmm, where did anyone say the roof will be demolished for stage 2?

$10 million sounds like a bargain to me to host an event like this for 5 years.

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[VIS] Re: Memorial Drive upgrade

#340 Post by ChillyPhilly » Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:57 pm

Happy for investment into tennis and its infrastructure, but this proposal is a dud.

Typical State Liberal Party investment: cheap, narrow-minded with zero long term vision.

Aside from the point that I'd rather the location go to a future rectangular stadium, I would have been more accepting of this if masterplan showed this as one part of it.
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#341 Post by Patrick_27 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:49 pm

This proposal makes it nearly impossible now for a complete bulldoze/rebuild to happen in the next five years. Considering there couldn’t be a turnaround in less than a year to satisfy the need for a centre court for the ATP. The only way for a complete overhaul of this centre to take place is for us to lose the event in five years and then go back to the drawing board. Unless they use the entertainment centre which has been done before but is not ideal...

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#342 Post by Kasey771 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:49 pm

Mpol03 wrote:Again.
No fucking vision.
Fucking typical Adelaide mindset. Put a $10m roof on some crappy outdated infrastructure then in 5 -8 years they’ll decide to knock it all down and build a proper indoor arena. Meaning like the old Bradman stand and the too small nRAH we’ll end up paying twice. No forward thinking. SMHImageImage


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Big infrastructure investments are usually under-valued and & over-criticized while in the planning stage. It's much easier to envision the here and now costs and inconveniences, and far more difficult to imagine fully the eventual benefits.

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[VIS] Re: Memorial Drive upgrade

#343 Post by Ho Really » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:56 pm

Jaymz wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:29 pm
[Shuz] wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:13 pm
$10m just to build a roof that will only get demolished in Stage 2?

This Liberal Government cries service cuts and budget deficits and then blows $50m of our cash on vanity projects that serve no real return to the taxpayer.
Ummmm, where did anyone say the roof will be demolished for stage 2?

$10 million sounds like a bargain to me to host an event like this for 5 years.
Exactly! I think many of you here have no idea. I would suggest someone call Cox Architecture on Monday and find out whether this canopy will form part of a redeveloped stadium. From looking at the rendering the stands could easily be demolished and a ring of seats be built around. A brilliant idea. We get a tournament first and a stadium second. Two birds with one stone.

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#344 Post by Mpol03 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:12 pm

You don’t know that though. That’s assuming absolute best case scenario.

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[VIS] Re: Memorial Drive upgrade

#345 Post by SRW » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:44 pm

Just as an aside, here's an awesome photo from Adelaide Yesterday & Today on Facebook of a much larger Memorial Drive for the 1952 Davis Cup:
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