Pubs hope for a week long footy cel­e­bra­tion

The Advertiser - - NEWS - AN­DREW HOUGH

THE state’s hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor is braced for a bumper day of trade in an­tic­i­pa­tion SA will party well into next week if the Crows win the grand fi­nal.

Tens of thou­sands of footy sup­port­ers will pack pubs and bars to watch the MCG clash on TV’s big screens in a trad­ing bonus for the strug­gling sec­tor.

Aus­tralian Ho­tels As­so­ci­a­tion SA state man­ager Ian Horne yes­ter­day said pubs and bars had in­vested heav­ily in state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy.

“It has been some of our tough­est trad­ing for a decade, without ex­ag­ger­a­tion. The fi­nals se­ries ... cul­mi­nat­ing in the grand fi­nal is a real boost and a bonus to the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try gen­er­ally” he told The Ad­ver­tiser.

Restau­rant and Cater­ers As­so­ci­a­tion deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive, Sally Neville, said the AFL fi­nals had been “very pos­i­tive” to the sec­tor.

More than 5000 sup­port­ers are an­tic­i­pated to pack out the Ade­laide Oval’s south­ern plaza to watch the “Big Dance” clash against Rich­mond from the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground.

A fur­ther 1400 have bought tick­ets for two sold out for func­tions.

Of­fi­cials have con­tin­gen­cies in place for a larger crowd and will open the Crows’ home ground if needed.

A spokes­woman for Sta­dium Man­age­ment Author­ity, which man­ages the oval – which wel­comed more than 10,000 fans for the open train­ing ses­sion on Wed­nes­day – said fes­tiv­i­ties would start at 12pm. She urged fans to bring their own chairs and rugs.

“Given the enor­mous sup­port we’ve seen for the Crows across the state this week ... we’re gear­ing up for a huge day,” she said.

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