Major grandstands at AAMI Stadium will remain in place for at least 20 years after the AFL vacates the site, with the SANFL looking to preserve it as an alternative venue.
With rezoning of the stadium site running a year later than expected, and the public's focus on Adelaide Oval's redevelopment, the future of football's home at West Lakes for 40 years has been largely ignored.
# CONFIRMATION from the SANFL all grandstands will stay for at least 10 years, with the western and northern stands to remain for at least 20 years;
# DETAILED plans for the precinct now being prepared will take another six months to finalise before being submitted to the Government for rezoning;
# GROUNDWORKS for housing subdivisions to start in about 18 months;
# "THE SHED", previously used for post-match gatherings, is being leased to an auction house
The AAMI Stadium precinct is expected to be turned into a mix of commercial and mostly residential development - new streets could even be named after football champions.
SANFL president John Olsen, who chairs an SANFL committee dealing with the rezoning, said it was delayed but still on track: "We are comfortable with how it's moving ahead; it's just that these things do take some time."
It will be at least another six months before the SANFL meets Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Department's information requirements.
While AFL games will be played at Adelaide Oval from 2015, Crows chief Stephen Trigg has previously said Football Park remained the Crows' "spiritual home" with a long-term deal to stay in the newly built Westpac Centre.
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