Published: 22 Feb 2022
State Basketball Centre Redevelopment video transcript
[State Basketball Centre Redevelopment, Building Australia’s premier basketball facility]
- Aerial view of the existing State Basketball Centre before redevelopment.
- Artist’s impression view of completed development.
Artist impression visions and text:
- Highlighted view of new basketball court facilities – 12 new basketball courts, 18 in total.
- Highlighted view of new gymnastic centre - New Gymnastics Centre.
- Highlighted view of high performance facility - High Performance Facility.
- Highlighted view of town square - ‘Town Square’.
- Highlighted view of existing basketball facility - Existing Basketball Facility.
- View of the entrance to the complex.
- View from inside the Town Square looking out to the concourse - New town square with a café.
- Scanning view of the new Town Square showing seating and gardens.
- View of the café and Town Square.
- View of new indoor basketball courts - 12 new indoor courts for local basketball competitions making a total of 18 courts.
- View of viewing area with seating to watch basketball games.
- View of the new gymnastics centre showing areas to watch the performances - New gymnastics centre.
- Children playing basketball.
Melbourne has made a name for itself in the world of basketball.
Right now, it’s the birthplace of more number one draft picks for the American National Basketball Association (NBA), than any other city in the world.
The NBA is the top men’s basketball competition in the world, and of the seven number one draft picks playing today, three were born in Melbourne. In all, six Victorians are currently playing in the NBA and women’s league, the WNBA.
Melbourne will be even better placed to grow star basketballers once a major redevelopment of the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South, in Melbourne’s south-east, is completed in late 2023.
The $132 million transformation got underway in October 2021. A total of $105 million is being contributed by the Victorian Government, with $27 million coming from Knox City Council.
New facilities will include 12 additional indoor courts for local competitions and state-wide championships, bringing the total number of indoor courts to 18, with full wheelchair accessibility for wheelchair basketballers.
High-performance and administration facilities are being added for the National Basketball League (NBL) team, South East Melbourne Phoenix, and the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) side, Deakin Melbourne Boomers.
Alongside basketball, to help with the substantial growth of gymnastics in Victoria, the centre will also feature state-of-the-art gymnastics facilities to provide another home for the sport which has seen participation grow by 80 per cent over the last decade.
Australia’s basketball heartland
Long known as the home of basketball in Australia, Victoria counts the sport as one of its most popular. Half of all basketball participation in Australia takes place in Victoria.
Knox and the great south-east of Melbourne has a particularly long and storied history with the sport.
The State Basketball Centre already welcomes around 800,000 visitors every year. This is expected to grow to over 2 million once construction is completed, which is great news for Knox Basketball and the 11,000 members who call the centre home.
It will also provide a major boost to local businesses in the Wantirna South area as visitors from across the state visit the centre, often for extended stays during tournaments and other competitions.
“We are one of the largest basketball associations in Australia with over 40 years of history,” said Knox Basketball CEO, Grant Harrison. “This upgrade will provide an administration space and a home for the next 40 years.”
Basketball Victoria CEO, Nick Honey, says the new facilities will boost participation rates even further across all levels of basketball, far beyond just the professional level with junior and wheelchair basketballers also benefiting.
The centre is already a hub for junior basketball in the state and the expanded number of courts means more opportunities for junior teams and young basketballers while the centre will also be fully accessible for wheelchair basketballers who will utilise state-of-the-art facilities.
“The expanded centre will be a great addition to the Victorian basketball community, with the 12 new courts giving more players a chance to take to the court. This helps fill an urgent need for basketball facilities in the area,” Mr Honey said.
Growing elite pathways
As well as growing community participation, the upgrades will deliver world-class, high-performance facilities to build basketball at the elite level.
Some of the most sought-after players in the country play for our local teams, South East Melbourne Phoenix and Deakin Melbourne Boomers. The State Basketball Centre facilities will help the teams develop future young talent and provide the administrative base they need to succeed on and off the court.
“This redevelopment will allow us to expand our high-performance programs and set world-class standards for elite athletes.” Mr Honey said.