The NSW Government has announced a $50.5 million upgrade to the Tennis Centre at Sydney Olympic Park to improve lighting, ventilation, and seating.
It aims to provide better facilities for netball and tennis athletes and fans and provide opportunities for both sports to meet growing demands in Western Sydney.
A new roof will be installed over Ken Rosewall Arena and Show Court 1 to provide an all-weather environment for both sports, with a timber sprung floor capable of hosting major netball events to be installed at the Arena.
Players’ facilities, lighting, ventilation, seating and public amenities will also be improved by the upgrade.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Swifts and Giants netball teams have outgrown their existing facility and require a bigger and better venue.
“This upgraded facility will have 10,000 seats, so more fans can support their team,” she said.
NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said this upgrade will help secure major international sporting events as part of the state government’s 10 World Cups in 10 years strategy.
“We are bringing the best sporting events in the world to NSW, and this upgrade will allow us to host ATP Tennis World Team Cup event in January 2020,” Ayres said.
Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell said that by providing access to a purpose-built facility, netball will continue to see strong growth.
“Netball is one of the top sports in NSW when it comes to participation, and is the market leader for women and young girls. Sydney requires a fit for purpose indoor venue to accommodate our professional franchises, the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball,” Campbell said.
Tennis NSW CEO Lawrence Robertson said the upgrade will allow tennis to attract new events and international talent.
“The redevelopment of Ken Rosewall Arena and Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre is extremely exciting for tennis in NSW and for Sydney. It will ensure that the facility here remains one of the nation’s premier tennis facilities and allows us to bid for new world-class events such as the ATP World Team Cup,” Robertson said.
“Sydney has a long tennis history and is home to one of the world’s oldest professional tennis tournaments. These upgrades will go a long way to ensure we are in the best possible position to continue that tradition when the biggest event outside of the Grand Slams makes its debut on the tennis calendar in January 2020.”