After 39 years, development is underway for the South Australian Sports Institute’s (SASI) first-ever specialty facility for athletes.
A considerable $49 million has been allocated by The South Australian Government to create an innovative HQ that will join together neighbouring sites, communities, and bring international attention.
The new HQ will grant aspiring athletes the opportunity to develop their skills, offering purpose-built facilities that will accommodate the needs of high performers who hope to advance to the professional ranks. As the very first state centred sports institute, SASI had previously been run at a local high school.
The building’s design will take architectural inspiration from the bicep muscles and tendons, with a pronounced curve and depth panels that will offer sun protection. The centre will act as a catalyst to connect the neighbouring infrastructure, namely the Netball SA Stadium and the SA Athletics Stadium via a previously unemployed bridge. The structure is intended to be a defining and innovative landmark contributing to South Australia’s overall livability and appeal for current and potential residents. With high visibility and connection to the main road, bike paths, and public transport, the facility has strengthened accessibility and connection within the municipality.
The facility is expected to feature a strength and conditioning gym capable of accommodating multiple sports and teams, an indoor court with smart technology and sport-specific ergometer training zones among other facilities. It is anticipated this will attract wide attention as a site for international training and speciality programs, and initiatives.
Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, Corey Wingard applauded the investment stating;
“This investment will help build on that legacy. It will also help SASI to achieve its target of contributing at least 10% of Australia’s team medals at both the Olympics and Paralympics.”
“This investment will also give our state greater opportunities to grow our economy by attracting national and international training camps and elite programs.”
Premier Steven Marshall noted that the new facility forms part of the record $17.9 billion infrastructure spend, which will span the next four years and create over 200 much-needed jobs in construction as part of the economic recovery plan.
“This landmark Budget is helping secure SA’s growing global reputation as one of the safest and most attractive places in the world to live, work and raise a family and this significant investment continues to position our great state as a premier sporting destination,” he continued.
With planning in the early stages, construction on the new facility is anticipated to begin in 2022.
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