The allegations made by the Port Adelaide Football Club at today’s parliamentary inquiry hearing in relation to the Game Day Village are wrong and totally rejected by Adelaide Oval. For the last two years Adelaide Oval has run the Game Day Village in conjunction with Port Adelaide to enhance to the game day experience and we are more than happy to continue doing so. We have never opposed a PAFC Liquor Licence application for the Game Day Village. Our Executive met with the PAFC executive on 13 December 2018 and was told that the Game Day Village was not a priority for 2019. Despite our investment of over $100K in infrastructure to enhance the Village, we agreed with the PAFC not to run the Game Day Village in 2019. Only last week, we met with the PAFC and was assured once again that the Game Day Village was not a priority for the club for 2019. It was also discussed that it would not be able to go ahead in 2019 anyway because of the $10M upgrade to Memorial Drive being undertaken by Tennis SA.
Our team is totally committed to working with all hirers of Adelaide Oval, including the PAFC, to maximise the game day experience for fans.