Alice Springs Netball Stadium Ready for Elite Action
The new Alice Springs Netball Stadium will be put to the test on Friday and Saturday night when the Northern Territory Storm take on the Victorian Fury in the first Australian Netball League matches at the facility.
Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the new netball centre was a huge asset to the Alice Springs community.
“This facility is incredible and something the people of Central Australia can be extremely proud of,” Ms Moss said.
“This project has created jobs for Territorians and now gives our kids and adults alike a stadium comparable to anywhere in Australia.
“The Gunner Labor Government supports women and girls’ participation in sport and is directly investing $3 million into female specific sporting infrastructure.
“Along with today’s announcement we are investing $10 million into a new indoor netball stadium in Darwin that will allow netball to be played year round.
“It will benefit the entire netball community and will create jobs for locals during the construction phase.”
Member for Braitling and Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield officially opened the Alice Springs Netball Stadium this afternoon.
“This wonderful facility is a suitable home for what is the premier sport for women in Alice Springs,” Ms Wakefield said.
“Netball is also the biggest participation sport not just in Central Australia but in the whole Northern Territory.
“Having a state-of-the-art facility in the Red Centre will help elite netball players and coaches further develop their skills.”
The $6.5 million redevelopment was a jointly funded venture between the Northern Territory Government ($4.25m), the Alice Spring Town Council ($1.5m) and local business NT Link ($0.5m).
Lord Mayor Damien Ryan said netball plays a significant part in the community’s healthy and active lifestyle.
“Netball is such an incredibly inclusive sport, for anyone wanting to get active, it’s easy to learn and get started in a social competition,” said Mr Ryan.
“This joint, partnered approach to infrastructure in Alice Springs is incredibly valuable. The Alice Springs Netball Stadium is a testament to what can be achieved in partnerships between the community and different levels of government.”
Netball NT CEO Shelley Haynes said the facility would allow the sport to grow in Central Australia.
“The new stadium means that our local netball players will be able to play and train on the highest quality indoor netball surface,” Ms Haynes said.
“Hosting the first ever ANL games in Alice Springs will provide an opportunity for the local community to witness their local players in the Territory Storm colours against some of the best athletes in Australia.”
Northern Territory Storm squad for Friday 24th and Saturday 25th ANL Games:
Katelyn Paterson (Alice Springs)
Tahlia Lee (Alice Springs)
Bethany Fry (Darwin)
Michelle Winch (Darwin)
Lisa Roscarel (Darwin)
Karli Foster (Darwin)
Gemma Henderson (Darwin)
Sunshine Coast Lightning will provide the remaining three athletes.
Tickets are available through Try Booking: https://www.trybooking.com/257275