Tens of thousands of football fans will be able to make the most of free public transport for the huge clash between Liverpool and Adelaide United at the Adelaide Oval.
The State Government has been negotiating with the organisers on public transport arrangements for the July 20 match.
The Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan said planning was well underway to ensure public transport needs were met for what is expected to be a capacity crowd.
“Adelaide Oval Express services are a very popular way of getting to games at the oval, with more than one million trips on buses, trains and trams during last year’s AFL season,” Mr Mullighan said.
“The redeveloped Adelaide Oval has already hosted a hugely successful inaugural season of AFL football, a Rolling Stones concert and yesterday’s World Cup match between India and Pakistan which attracted fans from throughout the world.
“Now the Oval will host the Reds versus the Reds, again thrusting our city and its premier sporting venue into the world sporting limelight.
“Such world-class events are huge drawcards and, as with the World Cup Cricket, we anticipate a global TV audience for the game, creating the perfect platform to showcase Adelaide to the rest of the world.”
Mr Mullighan said the government was committed to continually improving the public transport network, bringing hundreds of thousands more commuters to games at Adelaide Oval.
“This deal will result in a cheaper day-out for families, rather than driving and paying car parking costs, or paying for a single Adelaide Metro ticket each way, which would cost up to $10.20 for a full-fare return ticket,” Mr Mullighan said.
“Under these new arrangements the event organisers pick up the cost which amounts to about $3 per ticket.
“This is a great outcome for fans and will provide a hassle-free way to get to and from the oval.”