The Adelaide Football Club has secured long-term rights to a site in Thebarton where it intends to establish a new sporting and community precinct.

In what is a significant project milestone, the City of West Torrens has granted the Crows a 42-year lease for Thebarton Oval and an adjoining area encompassing part of Kings Reserve. This latest decision enables the Club to take the next important step and proceed to a development application for the facility.

Crows Chairman John Olsen thanked the Council for its support, adding the precinct would benefit not just players, coaches, staff, corporate partners, members and fans, but local residents, traders and community groups as well.

He added that with the lease terms, which include an option to extend for an additional 42 years, now agreed the Club is well placed to further progress other key components of the project.

“Once complete, our new training and administration headquarters will be the leading facility of its kind in the country and securing the long-term lease is another crucial step forward,” Olsen said.

“We will be able to provide our male and female athletes with high performance advantages as they compete on the national stage and the venue will be the match day home for our highly successful AFLW team.

“Importantly, it will also be a place where our supporters can come together, and there will be new and improved green space and amenities for community use.

“I would like to acknowledge the City of West Torrens and personally thank Mayor Michael Coxon and CEO Terry Buss for their commitment to delivering a mutually beneficial outcome.”

Having already secured Federal and State Government funding support, the Club will lodge a formal development application with the State Commission Assessment Panel in coming days.