Bayside City Council announces start of work on new Sandringham Leisure Center basketball stadium

Work on the new $ 10.88 million basketball stadium to be built next to the Sandringham Leisure Center in south-east Melbourne is expected to start before Christmas.

Sandringham Basketball Stadium’s new four-court extension – bringing the facility to eight courts – is the result of a partnership between Bayside City Council and the Southern Basketball Association (SBA), formerly known as from Sandringham Basketball Association, which will contribute $ 3 million. on the overall cost of new installations.

Explaining the demand for the new facility, SBA General Manager Craig Weir said: “We have 12 national clubs representing more than 620 teams and 5,000 junior players each season, as well as our adult, junior national representative teams ( VJBL) and seniors (Big V), through our NBL1 South men’s and women’s basketball programs.

“The new facilities will allow us to continue to support grassroots basketball in the Bayside area and to further improve the basketball course for many juniors and seniors who aspire to develop their basketball careers. “

SBA President Phil McFarlane said the timing of the announcement meant the Association can now confidently plan how to best support the current and future growth of basketball in the Bayside area, adding that expanding the courts will allow us to capture this growth and build on the solid foundation we have already established here.

“The confirmation of funding for the additional courts is great news in a tough and difficult year, and I thank everyone involved for their efforts to get us to this point. “

The new facilities will meet the current and future needs of basketball at the local level and allow the Southern Basketball Association to expand its programs.

The Southern Basketball Association currently has more than 10,000 members and players participating in more than 22,500 games per year with more than 1,000,000 visitors each year, including 450,000 spectators.

Council officers worked closely with local wildlife and environmental groups to appropriately design and locate the courts to protect more trees and create a safe corridor to the nearby pond. of Tulip Street for frogs and other wildlife.

In addition to the extension of four indoor courts, the project includes: changing rooms with showers and individual toilets; storage, reception, canteen and first aid room; air circulation system throughout the stadium; an 80,000 liter water tank; 80 kW solar energy system and additional parking.

All facilities and businesses at the Sandringham Leisure Center will remain open during construction and play will continue on existing basketball courts.

Lloyd Group Pty Ltd won the contract to build the new facility.

Image: Concept for the new $ 10.88 million basketball stadium to be built adjacent to the Sandringham Leisure Center.

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