Support A New Home for Basketball in SA

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Dear Premier Marshall,

The Basketball Community of South Australia, Basketball SA (BSA) and South Adelaide Basketball Club (SABC) need your support for a much needed new indoor stadium for the community. 

Basketball is a high participation sport - more than 45,000 people play weekly, summer and winter.

Basketball is growing - Basketball SA forecasts participation to double over the next 40 years.

Basketball is diverse - ranking fourth amongst Boys and fifth amongst Girls for organised sport participation (ABS) (AFL ranks sixth overall, nationally).

Basketball facilities are not catering for existing participation. An independent review of basketball facilities by the Office of Recreation and Sport (ORS) and BSA identified a 60 court shortage.

Marion Stadium was identified in this report as the most in need of replacement, being the oldest (53 years) and smallest (2 courts with only one regulation size).

BSA and SABC have been working closely with ORS on developing the designs and Business Case for a new 7 court indoor Stadium at the former Manuele Engineering Site (240 Morphett Road).

A seven court stadium will be the largest indoor stadium development in the State, enabling new intra and interstate carnival opportunities.  The location is in proximity and therefore leverages Adelaide Shores recreational and accommodation infrastructure. 

The KPMG Business Case, funded by ORS, shows that, with a capital investment of $10.3M, the project is outstanding value for money and exceeds all of ORS’s cost/benefit KPIs. An alternative proposal at Mitchell Park was delivering 4 courts for a more than $20M capital investment.

The Business Case and Feasibility study calculated the Community benefit at $14.5M.

The Manuele Engineering Site is owned by the City of West Torrens, who are very supportive of the proposal, but need certainty that it will proceed. If we don't act now the Site will be leased and the opportunity gone.

Dear Mr Marshall, we need your support to make this once in a generation opportunity happen.

Many Thanks

The Basketball Community of South Australia