Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty
Victoria’s New State Basketball Centre Set For International Debut
Victor P Taffa
In two days time the world’s basketball spotlight will be firmly fixed on Victoria’s newest elite multi-million dollar sports stadium State Basketball Centre part of the new $32 Million Knox Regional Sports Park.
The venue will host its first ever international basketball match, Boomers versus Greece on Monday 25 June as part of the London Olympics Farewell Series featuring the Boomers, Opals, Greece and Brazil.
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty today joined Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, and Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean, Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells, Basketball Australia Legend and Board Member Andrew Gaze and Boomers and Opals representatives in celebrations marking the official opening of the Centre.
“With the London Olympics just around the corner the Victorian Government is delighted to have invested $8.1 Million in this major infrastructure project that has delivered yet another state-of-the art venue and major event to Victoria.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“The Stadium, and the wider Knox Regional Sports Park tick all the boxes when it comes to addressing the Victorian Government’s key objectives to building healthy and active communities.”
“It’s a venue that encourages participation, can cater for both elite and grassroots sport, and as we’ll see in three days, is able to host major sporting events.”
“In addition to that, the State Basketball Centre is Victoria’s first state sports facility to incorporate universal design principles throughout the building.”
This ensures that everyone, regardless of their mobility needs can enjoy the activities that will take place here, including elite teams like our Australian Rollers and Gliders wheelchair basketball teams.
The new Stadium complements several other facilities at the Sports Park including the Knox Regional Football Centre featuring a FIFA rated full sized synthetic pitch which can be split into three smaller pitches; it sits adjacent to nine 5-a-side pitches, each with lighting to accommodate both night training and competitions.
Victorian Treasurer and Member for Scoresby Kim Wells said the new State Basketball Centre includes a 3,200 seat show court, six multi-purpose courts across two halls, accessible unisex amenities, function room and storage spaces. It is also the new home of Basketball Victoria and Knox Basketball Incorporated.
“Fans and aspiring athletes not only get to see their sports heroes like Boomer Patty Mills and Opal Lauren Jackson in their own backyard, but also have the chance to join the many clubs, associations, development programs and sports that will be based at the Stadium and the wider Knox Regional Sports Park.” Mr. Wells said.
“The Victorian Government is proud to be associated with major events like the Farewell Series.”
“They not only provide a boost to local economies and participation but showcase our passion for sport and the quality basketball facilities that Victoria has such as the State Basketball Centre.” Mr. Wells said.
Mr. Wells and Mr. Delahunty congratulated Knox City Council for managing the development and contributing over $14 Million towards the Knox Regional Sports Park. In addition they congratulated the Federal Government for its $7 Million contribution; Basketball Victoria for its $350,000 contribution, and Knox Basketball Inc for providing $600,000 towards the State Basketball Centre.