Adelaide Oval could soon become the first stadium in Australia to have an integrated hotel, under a proposal by the Stadium Management Authority (SMA).
The plan for a 128-room boutique hotel has sparked fierce debate over its potential impact on the neighbouring Adelaide Parklands and nearby businesses.
In unveiling the project today, Premier Steven Marshall insisted the $42 million project would not come at a cost to taxpayers.
An artist’s impression of the proposed hotel. (Supplied)
But shadow treasurer Stephen Mulligan has questioned why the government should have to provide a loan at all.
“Surely any organisation charging $9.50 for a beer can raise enough money of their own without relying on taxpayers’ funds,” he said.
Chief executive Andrew Daniels said the hotel would be ideal for overseas and interstate guests attending events at the stadium, although critics say the city has enough hotels to meet demand.
“To give a developer free land and then loan them the money seems very unfair on the other developers and unfair on the city,” she said.
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