SAJC appoints builder for $19m Morphettville Event Centre

7 October 2022
The $19 million Morphettville Event Centre, designed by Cox Architecture, has a capacity of up to 1,150 patrons.

The South Australian Jockey Club has chosen SA construction firm Kennett to build its $19 million Morphettville Event Centre (MEC) which will provide a first-class function space in the western suburbs for up to 1,150 guests.

The multi-purpose trackside MEC replaces the former Gerard Pavilion and will cater for a year-round calendar of events, ranging from intimate boardroom lunches to large corporate events, race day functions and weddings.

The building has been designed without internal pillars affording guests uninterrupted panoramic views of the racecourse, city and Hills.
The MEC will accommodate up to 300 seated guests on the ground floor and up to 600 seated guests on the expansive first floor. The maximum standing-room capacity of the building is 1,150.

SAJC CEO Grant Mayer said the MEC will provide a much-needed event space in Adelaide’s western suburbs, deliver local jobs, and generate income which can be reinvested into our core business.

“Careful design has ensured we are maximising the available space to create what will arguably be the largest and most modern conference, function and event facility west of the CBD,” he said.

“We are committed to reenergising and modernising Morphettville through strategic investment for the benefit of our members, the state and local community, and the Morphettville Event Centre is a key pillar of that vision.

“The venue will not only strengthen Morphettville’s position as a leading racing and entertainment destination but will also play a valuable part in supporting South Australia’s major event and tourism economy.”

The MEC nearly doubles the capacity of the former Gerard Pavilion, which was demolished last year, and could accommodate 620 seated patrons. The existing administration centre will be upgraded and incorporated into the MEC.

“Kennett has a track record for delivering high-quality public and private sporting infrastructure and was the right partner to deliver this game-changing facility for our club. Cox Architecture designed the building and we are looking forward to Kennett bringing it to fruition.” Mr Mayer said.

South Australian family-owned Kennett was behind the recent Memorial Drive Tennis Centre Court redevelopment and the upgrade of Karen Rolton Oval in the Adelaide Park Lands, to include a new two-storey clubhouse.

Civil construction for the MEC is expected to begin within weeks. The SAJC is aiming for project completion in the second half of 2023.

Media inquiries: Renato Castello, Michels Warren PR, 0423 064 320

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