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Slam Dunk For Newcastle With Brand New Stadium

June 2019

Newcastle has secured $25 million for a new basketball Stadium giving the city a world-class sports and entertainment hub at Hillsborough.

Minister for Sport John Sidoti said the arena is going to host the best basketball, netball and volleyball as well as wheelchair sports, futsal and school sports.

“The vision for this new stadium is inspiring everyone in Newcastle. It will have the capacity to host the best sport action as well as concerts and cultural events each year,” Mr Sidoti said.

“This is a win for basketball and the entire Hunter region.”

Construction is due to begin this year on the new indoor sports stadium at Hillsborough. It will have 10 courts and seating for 4,000 spectators.

“This is the most significant investment in the history of basketball in the region and will have the capability to host international, national and state tournaments,” Mr Sidoti said.

Newcastle Basketball General Manager Neil Goffet said the number of events this will attract to the region is hard to comprehend.

“There are so many tournaments just in basketball alone that are crying out for a stadium of this size, so it will be a tremendous asset for the entire region,” Mr Goffet said.

Basketball Australia deputy chair David Reid said the NSW Government has honoured its commitment to the region and is providing the vital infrastructure to boost basketball.

“This new stadium will give basketball the injection it desperately needs in the Hunter region and we can’t wait to see the new stadium hosting some of the best talent in the sport.”

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