Over the next two years, Wantirna’s State Basketball Centre (SBC) will embark on a major redevelopment that will see the home of Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria’s offices expand to one of Australia’s elite basketball facilities.
The Victorian State Government earlier this year announced a further $22 million- included in the 2020-21 State budget- in addition to the $83 million announced in 2018 set for the SBC upgrade, while the City of Knox has extended their contribution to $27 million, both continuing to support the growth of basketball at both grassroots and professional levels.
While the SBC already hosts the South East Melbourne Phoenix, the new facility will see the WNBL’s Melbourne Boomers also call the SBC home. A brand new gymnastics facility will also replace the existing gymnastics centre in Ferntree Gully, making the SBC a high-quality sports destination for both junior and high-performance athletes.
The new facility will provide:
- 12 new indoor basketball courts, increasing the capacity to 18 courts.
- Comprehensive training facilities for high-performance basketball.
- New gymnastics facilities.
- New administration offices.
- An outdoor town square.
Currently seeing almost 800,000 visitors walk through the State Basketball Centre’s doors annually, it is anticipated that once the project is complete, the SBC will host north of two million people per year.
Construction is set to have already begun in September 2021 and completion is estimated for late 2023.