Adelaide will host three Super Netball matches this season, with the 2020 competition to be played outside of Queensland for the first time next month.
The schedule for rounds 10, 11 and 12 was released on Friday, with Adelaide’s Priceline Arena the venue for Thunderbirds matches on September 6, 9 and 12 against respective opponents Collingwood, the Queensland Firebirds and the Giants.
“The league has been working closely with all clubs to identify and explore the opportunities around delivering matches outside of Queensland and we’re pleased to confirm that fans in Adelaide will get to see some live netball action in 2020,” Super Netball CEO Chris Symington said.
“We are very close to finalising the fixture for the final two rounds of the season and we’re aiming to release these match details next week.”
Symington said Perth and Sydney had also been considered to host matches but “weren’t viable options”.
The remainder of the rounds 10, 11 and 12 matches will be played at Brisbane’s Nissan Arena and USC Stadium on the Sunshine Coast.
Thunderbirds CEO Bronwyn Klei said the Adelaide team would lift in front of the “Pink Army”.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to see the Adelaide Thunderbirds returning here to play three matches in Adelaide,” Klei said.
“We were always hopeful of two but to have this third game is really a bonus for us.
“The team’s doing really well. We’re sitting just outside the four at the moment and I know they’re really looking forward to coming home and playing in front of the Pink Army.
“The voices of the pink army will definitely give the players a rise and really spur them on.”
Under COVID-19-enforced safety measures, crowds of up to 1500 will be permitted to watch the matches at Priceline Arena.
Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke was delighted the Thunderbirds would have the chance to again play on home soil.
“(Having) been able to welcome all members to our games so far this season, that privilege is certainly not lost on us,” Jencke said.
“It’s important though, where possible in the current conditions, teams from other states get to experience that same feeling, and we will welcome the break in routine from this ‘new normal’ that these away games will present, particularly the challenge of playing in front of opposition fans.”