The State Government should partner with a private sector sponsor and the Adelaide City Council to provide a big screen for Adelaide soccer fans to watch the Socceroos take on Italy this Tuesday morning, Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today.
Melbourne has a big screen at Federation Square and Sydney fans can go down to Circular Quay to support the Socceroos however Adelaide fans don’t have a big screen to cheer on their team.
The east end of Rundle Street would be a great location to set up a big screen for people to come together and enjoy the game at midnight on Tuesday morning. Road closures managed by police in this area would make it an ideal location for Adelaide fans to come together.
The experience in Melbourne and Sydney shows that a big screen set up somewhere around Adelaide would be a huge hit providing an electric atmosphere for thousands of screaming fans.
The Socceroos have done a magnificent job in Germany first thrashing Japan, playing a strong game against Brazil and then drawing with Croatia to make it to the final 16 in the World Cup.
With a strong Italian community in Adelaide there will be enormous interest in watching Adelaide’s own John Aloisi and the Socceroos take on the might of the Italian team,” Mr Lucas said.
“A potentially big crowd would make this an attractive opportunity for a major private sector sponsor to be involved to help with the costs of the big screen.
“However the State Government will need to take the lead to work with the Adelaide City Council and the private sector if thousands of Adelaide fans are going to be given the same opportunity as Sydney and Melbourne fans to come together to cheer on their Socceroo heroes.
“The ball is now at Mr. Rann’s feet!”