Pubs hope for a week long footy celebration
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.