Sports Stadium upgrade
The University of the Sunshine Coast Sports Stadium is undertaking upgrades to facilitate increased seating capacity from 320 to 2200 seats. This upgrade is required to support home game fan and broadcasting requirements for Sunshine Coast Lightning home games in the new Netball Australia national netball league commencing in 2017. The Lightning are the first national sporting team for the Sunshine Coast, and the second Queensland team (and only regional team) in the new national league.
The upgrade will include the installation of two sets of retractable seats, with a capacity for 1000 seats on the northern (tower) end, and 1200 seats on the southern end (total 2200 seats). The retractable seating is stored (retracted) at either end of the Stadium allowing for all three court use when required. When in place for game/event day, the seating extends over courts 1 and 3, to enable court 2 as a show court with seating capacity for 2200 people. This also includes reinforcement of flooring; installation of broadcast-quality lighting; toilet and locker room improvements; some grounds work to facilitate access for broadcast support vehicles; upgrade to existing switchboard and generator; installation of scoreboards; and purchase of a netball-specific drop-in floor.
Note: Sports Stadium availability will be limited during renovations between 12 September 2016–30 January 2017.
Image: Artist's impression of USC Sports Stadium Netball Court (courtesy of OGE Group Architects).
Sports Stadium facilities
The University's A$10 million indoor Sports Stadium, located at the Sippy Downs Campus, is used for University, school and community sporting events. The national standard facility includes:
- 3 netball, basketball and volleyball courts
- 4 badminton courts
- 1 international-sized futsal court
- timber sports thrust floor
- 6 large toilet/changeroom areas
- tiered spectator seating
- a total floor size of 3,705 square metres
Off peak rate:
- A$45 per court per hour – visitors
- A$40 per court per hour – University staff and students
Peak rate (weekends and from 5pm each weeknight - includes lighting):
- A$50 per court per hour – visitors
- A$47 per court per hour – University staff and students
- A$3.00 per person
Fees payable at the USC Sport kiosk located between the Sports Stadium and USC Pool.