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SkyCity Adelaide plans for expansion include an onsite microbrewery

Tue, Jul 14, 9:45am by Noah Taylor

SkyCity Entertainment has rolled out the plans for its $330 million Adelaide casino expansion, with a project named ‘The District’.

Inkedin reports that the expansion will feature Australia’s first fully functioning microbrewery operating inside a casino.

The District at SkyCity was revealed after an historic partnership with Pirate Life.

It plans to put together all attractions at level one, including a poker zone, sports bar, Pirate Life microbrewery, live entertainment and bistro.

Pirate Life co-found Michael Cameron explained the concept.

“When we arrived in Adelaide, a big part of our ambition was to create a brewery that resonated with South Australians,” Mr Cameron said.

“After establishing Pirate Life in Hindmarsh, followed by the move and expansion in Port Adelaide, the ability to partner with The District at SkyCity as part of their transformation is another fantastic step on the journey.

“We look forward to sharing the Pirate Life experience with more South Australians, as well as tourists visiting the state.”

Other important works to be undertaken in the heritage building include a repainting of the Marble Hall for the first time since the Adelaide Casino was opened in 1985, as well as renovation and extension of the Baccarat Pavilion.

It is estimated the project will create about 1000 jobs during construction and 700 ongoing positions upon completion, with recruitment for some positions having already been conducted.

General manager of SkyCity Adelaide said: “The District at SkyCity, featuring the dynamic Pirate Life team, is the final piece of the puzzle at SkyCity Adelaide; creating a vibrant live entertainment space on level one in the current heritage building.

“During the recent closure of the Adelaide Casino, construction projects were able to continue on the expansion and hotel site, as well as without our beautiful heritage building, where The District at SkyCity will come to life on level one later this year.”

SkyCity reopens its Adelaide casino

New Zealand-based casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has reopened its gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in Adelaide and also revealed that its recent NZ$180 million (US$115.3 million) share placing drew strong support from investors.

iGaming Business reported earlier this month that consistent with its approach when re-opening casino properties in New Zealand, SkyCity’s Adelaide Casino will recommence operations in a staged manner, with reduced operating hours.

The casino had been closed for a number of months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other measures that will be put in place at the property include only permitting active members of its rewards programme access to the casino, with capacity subject to a maximum of one customer per two square metres at any time.

This will mean that up to 2,200 people, including patrons and staff, will be allowed inside the property.

SkyCity will also implement distancing measures, such as limiting the number of players at each gaming table, as well as introduce enhanced hygiene protocols throughout the facility.

Most food and beverage outlets will reopen at the casino, while SkyCity will put in place a new system to support contact tracing, primarily through surveillance, guest registers, identity scanning and loyalty card use.

The reopening was made possible after South Australia’s government moved to the third and final stage of reopening the state’s economy amid the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.


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