City of Adelaide Councillor, Arman Abrahimzadeh, had a “light-bulb moment” after seeing Monday’s cover of The Advertiser.
The article detailed the need for a push from State Government to secure the 2020 Grand Final at Adelaide Oval.
Arman acted quickly, and this morning, successfully passed a motion for the City of Adelaide to work with the SA Government on a bid to host the 2020 Grand Final in Adelaide.
“Hosting the 2020 AFL Grand Final will inject life back into our city. It will bring a lot of economic stimulus,” says Arman.
Arman is hopeful to bring interstate visitors into Adelaide should the final be held here, but with restrictions seeming to change more regularly, he is aware of the impact COVID-19 may have on our borders.
“We don’t know what the borders will be like at the time of the Grand Final, and in the worst-case scenario, if they are shut, we can encourage people in regional South Australia to come down and show their support,” continues Arman.
The Adelaide City Council recently launched the Staycation campaign, aimed at inviting South Australians to explore their own city.
The initiative hopes to get people back into the city to boost local industries that have struggled during the pandemic.
This aligns with the Grand Final bid, which is set to focus on the economic benefits such an event would provide for the state.
“We are wanting to invite people into the city to help boost the local economy – through our hospitality industry, our local tours or staying at our hotels,” says Arman.
With Port Adelaide currently sitting at the top of the ladder, it would seem there is potential for a history-making, home ground Grand Final for the team.
“The question is, why not?” says Arman.
Stay tuned for more information.