Coopers Stadium, the home of Adelaide United, is set to welcome back its Eastern Stand for the coming 2022/23 A-League Men’s and Women’s seasons.
Having been closed as part of the redevelopment of Coopers Stadium in Hindmarsh for the entirety of the 2021/22 season, the Eastern Stand will officially be usable for the 2022/2023 season.
The news will no doubt be exciting for Reds fans as the newly reopened part of the stadium provides some of the most sought-after seating.
The arena in Hindmarsh was part of Australia and New Zealand bid to host FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023. In order to prepare for the tournament, Coopers Stadium embarked on a $53 million redevelopment in 2021, which included installing new stadium floodlights, a roof on the east stand, upgrades to the stadium’s changing rooms and improvements to media facilities, technology aspects and spectator’s comfort.
The first phase of redevelopment has just been completed with the opening of the new East Stand, with the most noticeable change being the addition of a new roof. The design of the canopy is similar to that of the West Stand, along with the installation of the roofing came 82 LED floodlights, which improve the overall experience for fans on match day, as well as the quality of the entire broadcast. Additional loudspeakers have also been included to improve the sound quality.
The new corporate area on level 4 provides a new hospitality space for business clients. To improve the customers’ experience, the facility also includes bar areas and an industrial kitchen space. The floor area with its floor to ceiling windows provides a direct view of the pitch, as well as an overview of the Adelaide Hills to the east. There are also outdoor terraces on the north and south sides.
The venue was equipped with new gates and turnstiles, which will speed up the entry process and improve the spectator access with less congestion and shorter waiting times. Entry for people with disabilities will improve after the installation of a lift.
As part of the redevelopment, more toilets have been provided, so fans will have fewer queues. All food and beverage outlets have been upgraded to speed up customer service and reduce excessive queues.
Adelaide United’s Isuzu Ute A-League Men’s side will have to wait until Matchday 4 to utilise the new Eastern Stand in their first home match against the Perth Glory.