Nissan Arena
Nissan Arena
LocationCorner Mains and Kessel Roads, Nathan, Queensland, 4111
Coordinates27°33′35″S 153°03′55″E / 27.5597°S 153.0653°E / -27.5597; 153.0653
OwnerQueensland Government
OperatorNetball Queensland
Capacity5,000
Construction
Broke ground2017
Opened2019
Construction costA$44 million
ArchitectThomson Adsett
BuilderHansen Yuncken
Tenants
Brisbane Bullets (NBL) (2019–present)
Queensland Firebirds (NNL) (2019–present)
Website
https://nissanarena.com.au/

The Queensland State Netball Centre, also known commercially as Nissan Arena, is a multi-purpose facility located in the southern Brisbane suburb of Nathan. The centre features a 5,000 seat indoor arena that is the home court of Super Netball team the Queensland Firebirds, as well as National Basketball League club the Brisbane Bullets. It is the administrative headquarters of Netball Queensland and provides training facilities for elite-level and community-based netball clubs in Queensland.[1]

Venue

In July 2015 the Queensland Government announced plans for the first ever dedicated home for netball in the state, which would cater for professional netball club the Queensland Firebirds and provide administrative offices for Netball Queensland and other facilities for emerging players and clubs in the region.[2] The facility was also known as Brisbane Arena during the construction phase of the project.[1] The government appointed Hansen Yuncken as the design and construction contractor in February 2017 and construction of the centre began later that year.[3]

The main features of the venue include:[4]

The centre was opened on 24 February 2019, with the final cost of construction coming in at $44 million.[5][6]

Tenants

Netball

The precinct is the headquarters of Netball Queensland and Suncorp Super Netball side the Queensland Firebirds, who play all their home matches at the centre. It also became a training hub and home court for several other Super Netball teams during the 2020 season, who were forced to relocate matches to the venue as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]

Basketball

National Basketball League side the Brisbane Bullets announced they would move all home games to the centre in July 2019, ahead of the start of the season later that year. The arrangement with Netball Queensland allows the Bullets to base themselves in the one facility, as opposed to training and playing at separate arenas in the past.[8] The centre hosted a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition in 2019.[8] The Bullets have nicknamed the arena The Armoury for home matches.[9]

Other events

Netball Queensland has stated its intent to bring a range of indoor sporting and entertainment events to the venue. The Netball Centre hosted the Brisbane leg of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League. The arena has hosted domestic indoor volleyball matches and was the site of the basketball and closing ceremony of the 2019 INAS Global Games.[10]

Naming rights

The venue was referred to as the Queensland State Netball Centre during construction and in the first year of its operation. In October 2019 the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan secured the commercial naming rights to the centre, which was renamed the Nissan Arena. The arrangement is in place for three years.[11][12]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Queensland State Netball Centre". Austadiums.
  2. ^ "New $30 million 'home of netball' to be built in Nathan in Brisbane's south in wake of Firebirds win". ABC News. 6 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Queensland State Netball Centre". Queensland Government. 7 November 2018. Archived from the original on 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Queensland Netball Centre set to open!". Netball Queensland. 28 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Premier fires first pass at Queensland's new $44 million Netball Centre". Brisbane Times. 24 February 2019.
  6. ^ "New Queensland State Netball Centre and Firebirds base gets official opening". Australasian Leisure Management. 25 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Netball players heading to Queensland hub". Fox Sports. 20 July 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Brisbane Bullets find new home court through partnership with Netball Queensland". Ministry of Sport. 6 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Bullets Blow Away Snakes in The Armoury". NBL.com.au. 20 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Closing Ceremony Livestream - 2019 INAS Global Games". INAS Global Games. YouTube. 18 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Queensland State Netball Centre renamed Nissan Arena". Nissan Australia. 26 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Netball Queensland announces venue name change". sapphireseries.com.au. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2022.

Coordinates: 27°33′35″S 153°03′55″E / 27.5597°S 153.0653°E / -27.5597; 153.0653