The NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball have visited their future home stadium, the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, before it undergoes a major upgrade which will see a roof put on the Ken Rosewall Arena.
The stadium will be home to both Netball NSW-owned teams from 2020, with Suncorp Super Netball games to be played there week in, week out.
The venue will seat 10,000 fans, which means the NSW Derby between the Swifts and GIANTS will have a thrilling atmosphere, with members of both clubs accommodated.
The exciting news was announced last month by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres, and the hope is that netball in NSW will continue to grow exponentially in future years.
“Walking down the tunnel was so surreal,” said NSW Swift Paige Hadley. “It’s right across the road from where we train; it’s home. Having more fans access our games is awesome.
“It’s great for both teams but I obviously want to see more red in the stands.”
GIANTS Netball’s Sam Poolman said the experience for fans would be amazing.
“For us, the all-around seating creates an awesome atmosphere, and we’re picturing lots of loud orange fans and members sitting here.
“I don’t think there’s a bad seat in the house.”
Minster Ayres is thrilled about the upgrade.
“We want to get more people watching the best athletes in the best venues, and that’s what this upgrade is all about – giving netball a new home right in the heart of Sydney,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re sitting, you’ll be able to experience netball at its finest.”
Work on the Tennis Centre upgrade is expected to commence soon, with the first stage due to be completed in November.
The construction will include a canopy roof structure over Ken Rosewall Arena and Show Court, upgrades to player and media facilities, additional lighting, seating and public amenities and a new sprung floor to allow for multi-sport use.
You can watch the full interview with Hadley, Poolman and Minster Ayres below: