The Adelaide Football Club has formally withdrawn their plans to build new headquarters and training facilities on the current site of the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

The club announced today that it has told the Adelaide City Council, owners of the aquatic centre, that they would be backing away from the plan, The Advertiser reports.

Adelaide Football Club’s CEO Andrew Fagan pointed to the financial strain put on the club from the coronavirus shutdowns as reason for the change in direction on the plans.

“We are extremely disappointed to officially withdraw our proposal however, we cannot meet the required obligations of the formal process right now,” Fagan told The Advertiser.

The $65 million plans would have seen the existing Adelaide Aquatic Centre demolished to make way for the club’s HQ, with some publicly-accessible amenities built into the new site.

However, the bid received ample criticism, particularly from those concerned on the impact on existing parklands.