Sturt to relocate to Mount Barker?

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I was chatting to a bloke around the barbie on Australia Day (a friend of a friend) who grew up in Mount Barker. He reckons that the Barkeroos have outgrown the current facilities and a number of stakeholders from a number of interested parties are currently exploring a purpose built new facility adjacent to one of the new estates.

According to this fellow, Sturt is very keen on the idea too, as it's seemingly a way to shore up its financial future by establishing itself in one of the fastest growing areas of the state which also happens to be a well established area it is zoned to.

I can't see both the Barkeroos and Sturt actually sharing a facility, but perhaps the Barkeroos could utilise the facilities from time to time, including big matches against high-drawing opposition. The Hills Football League could also look to host premier games including big finals and the Grand Final, just as the Southern Football League does with South's oval.

I can see plenty of merit for the move, but I struggle to see where the money would come from to build a completely new oval. South Adelaide moved from Panther Park to Noarlunga in the mid 90s, so the concept isn't foreign. However, Noarlunga oval already existed, though, which is the big difference for mine.

Anyway, it was an interesting discussion and I'd be keen to hear if anyone else has heard about this as well?
 

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I was chatting to a bloke around the barbie on Australia Day (a friend of a friend) who grew up in Mount Barker. He reckons that the Barkeroos have outgrown the current facilities and a number of stakeholders from a number of interested parties are currently exploring a purpose built new facility adjacent to one of the new estates.

According to this fellow, Sturt is very keen on the idea too, as it's seemingly a way to shore up its financial future by establishing itself in one of the fastest growing areas of the state which also happens to be a well established area it is zoned to.

I can't see both the Barkeroos and Sturt actually sharing a facility, but perhaps the Barkeroos could utilise the facilities from time to time, including big matches against high-drawing opposition. The Hills Football League could also look to host premier games including big finals and the Grand Final, just as the Southern Football League does with South's oval.

I can see plenty of merit for the move, but I struggle to see where the money would come from to build a completely new oval. South Adelaide moved from Panther Park to Noarlunga in the mid 90s, so the concept isn't foreign. However, Noarlunga oval already existed, though, which is the big difference for mine.

Anyway, it was an interesting discussion and I'd be keen to hear if anyone else has heard about this as well?
I can’t see Sturt moving from Unley Oval given how hard they fought to get back there after their time away from their spiritual home and how much money they’ve invested in their facilities under the grandstand.
 

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Maybe just a setup for their juniors and country squads to train at and maybe the odd league game. But the chances of Sturt actually moving there permanently would have to be close to zero.
 

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What Still Crowing said.
This rumour comes up every few years and while I think it was possibly considered when we almost folded I doubt it would be seriously considered now that we’ve just undergone redevelopments, posted a $500k profit and gone back to back recently.
 
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If there's a new ground built in Mount Barker, I wonder if Sturt would 'sell' a home game or two and play up there? Kind of like what Melbourne have done up in Darwin - could Sturt benefit potentially from something like this?
 

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If there's a new ground built in Mount Barker, I wonder if Sturt would 'sell' a home game or two and play up there? Kind of like what Melbourne have done up in Darwin - could Sturt benefit potentially from something like this?
Christ it'll be bloody cold in the depths of July up there

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