SkyCity Adelaide Casino Expansion Officially Opens

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The expansion of SkyCity Adelaide has officially opened to the public.

Aus Leisure reports the $330 million expansion and complete refurbishment of the heritage building sees the modern establishment featuring Eos by SkyCity, a five-star luxury hotel, four new restaurants and two new bars.

Set to open on December 3 and boasting 270-degree views of the city, Adelaide Hills, River Torrens and coast, SkyCity delivers an impressive South Australian tourism experience with South Australian Premier Steven Marshall noting “there is no doubt the new SkyCity is going to be a huge drawcard for our state.”

SkyCity Adelaide general manager David Christian advised that as one of the state’s largest private employers, he’s excited about the future and the role SkyCity will play in supporting tourism, local artisans and jobs for South Australians.

Christian said when SkyCity designed the new Adelaide complex, it had tourism and catering to local South Australian producers and suppliers at the front of their mind.

“I feel a sense of pride in what SkyCity has achieved since taking ownership 20 years ago,” Christian said.

“In just the past 12 months, SkyCity Adelaide has supported more than 700 local suppliers and employed an extra 500 staff, as well as producing 1000 construction jobs for the duration of the project.”

The Adelaide casino has been an important part of South Australia’s fabric since it opened in December 1985, when Premier John Bannon launched the building with a game of two-up to mark the opening of South Australia’s first casino.

At a cost of $30 million, Adelaide’s grand railway station was revolutionised.

Fast forward to July 2017 and SkyCity committed $330 million to proceed with plans to expand on the Festival Plaza and form part of the rejuvenation of the Riverbank Precinct, surrounded by the iconic revamped Adelaide Oval, Festival Centre and Convention Centre.

Eos by SkyCity, as well as the broader SkyCity expansion project, showcases more than $900,000 worth of local artwork.

With the curation overseen by former AGSA Chair Tracey Whiting, the artwork has been selected to integrate and complement the hotel’s subtle, modern aesthetic, with the colours, textures and tones a key interior design element.

The collection features more than 900 pieces from a diverse group of 40 contemporary South Australian artists featured throughout not just Eos, but also the new restaurants and bars, including Sol Bar and Restaurant.

SkyCity also recently announced restaurants ITL and Lucky Noodle, which along with the Westward Bar, will have access to SkyCity’s 7500 bottle master cellar, boasting a focus on South Australia wines, as well as Huami and Conference and Event facilities, set to open in 2021.

SkyCity reveals more about its Adelaide casino redevelopment

SkyCity Entertainment Group has revealed details of its much anticipated Adelaide Casino redevelopment, which is set to include Australia’s first brewery in a casino.

Casino Beats reported in November that the redevelopment, dubbed The District, is a “key pillar” of the group’s ongoing $330 million Adelaide transformation, which hopes to develop a “world class” integrated casino and entertainment precinct.

The District hopes to bring together all venues on level one in the current Heritage Building, incorporating a poker zone, sports bar, the Pirate Life microbrewery, live entertainment and bistro.

The District venue manager Jarrad Anderson said: “Aussies have always had a strong affiliation with good beer and places to drink it…live music, great food and watching sport is also part of our culture. Being able to find it all under one roof is our point of difference.”

The District at SkyCity features a mezzanine level, allowing increased capacity for live entertainment, where customers can enjoy Pirate Life beers tailor-made for the venue.

Pirate Life was founded in Adelaide in 2014 by Michael Cameron, Jack Cameron and Jared Proudfoot.

Proudfoot, Pirate Life co-founder and brewing director, said there’s a lot to be excited about as the first series of Pirate Life beers made exclusively for The District are introduced.

“Our first brew is the District Draught, brewed with Pale and Munich Malt, the District Draught is fresh, familiar and ready to session,” he commented.

“A hop free boil means ultra-low bitterness, with notes of citrus. It pours golden straw, with a generous pillow of foam. Expect aromas biscuit malt and nashi pear, with subtle notes of lime. The palate is malty, with a mild body and a clean, moreish finish.”

Other significant transformation works undertaken in the Heritage Building include repainting of the Marble Hall for the first time since the Adelaide Casino opened in 1985 and refurbishment and extension of the Baccarat Pavilion.

William Brown


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