Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism
Flights into Adelaide are being increased in the lead up to this weekend as thousands of visitors arrive for Sunday’s Grand Final between Adelaide United FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers FC.
The match is almost a sell-out – with 43,000 tickets sold - and as many as 10,000 fans travelling from interstate.
In response to demand, Virgin Australia has put on four extra flights while Qantas was continuing to monitor the situation and would probably make the call to increase flights later today. Tiger has also added a weekend flight to Adelaide.
Adelaide United will hold an open training session from 10am on Thursday, 28 April, at the Adelaide United Training Centre at Ridley Reserve, Elizabeth.
Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell
It’s going to be a brilliant weekend of sport and we expect more than $5 million will be pumped into the visitor economy.
The Crows are taking on Fremantle on Saturday and then Adelaide Oval will completely come alive once again with the Reds taking on Western Sydney on Sunday.
The last time Adelaide United played at Adelaide Oval was against Melbourne Victory in the opening round of the season. More than 53,000 fans also flocked to Adelaide Oval to watch Adelaide United take on Liverpool in July last year.
The State Government’s decision to invest in Adelaide Oval was right on the money. Not only was it recently named as a finalist in the International Stadium Business Venue of the Year Award, it has completely revitalised the city.
Quotes attributable to General Manager/CEO Australian Hotels Association Ian Horne
The combination of a Crows/Fremantle match on the Saturday with a follow up the next day of a world game Grand Final reinforces the enormous boost to visitor numbers the redeveloped Adelaide Oval has generated.