Minister dismisses Adelaide Oval damage done by Wanderers fans

May 2, 2016

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SA Sports Minister Leon Bignell has dismissed an image circulating on social media of damage done to Adelaide Oval by Wanderers fans during the A-League Grand Final as “the dumb actions of a few”.

“We shouldn’t let the dumb actions of a few spoil what was a wonderful outpouring of emotion from both clubs,” Mr Bignell told David and Will on FIVEaa breakfast.

“I saw people starting to arrive in Adelaide from the Wanderers fans club back on Thursday and they’ve just been building ever since.”

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Mr Bignell said he has witnessed “wonderful families getting around and really enjoying Adelaide”.

“10,000 people came here, they pumped $5 million into our economy and let’s not let the dumb actions of a few spoil what was a wonderful trip to Adelaide for 10,00 Wanderers fans,” he said.

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Adelaide United defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in front of 50,000 people at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, but Mr Bignell said the Reds would continue to be based at Hindmarsh Stadium.

“Hindmarsh Stadium is a fantastic place to have a crowd of 16-18,000 people,” he said.

“It’s a great atmosphere. The deck is perfect, all the players love it, it’s one of the favourite grounds of all teams anywhere in Australia.

“But I think what we need to do is when we do have the big games against Victory or finals it’s amazing to have the capacity to have 50,000 people.

“The worst thing that we could have had yesterday was 30-odd thousand people locked out because they couldn’t get into Hindmarsh. An upgraded Adelaide Oval gives us the ability to be agile and be able to change things around.”

But Mr Bignell floated the possibility of expanding Hindmarsh Stadium’s capacity in the future.

“I think Hindmarsh works perfectly, and down the track we can always take that to a 24,000-seat stadium.

“The rectangle pitch is very good for soccer. Sometime down the track we could do an upgrade of Hindmarsh and still have Adelaide Oval there for the really big games,” he said.

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