High hoops

It’s been a building site for 25 years, but a state of the art stadium at Burrendah Park is getting ready for tip off.

Willetton Stadium chief executive officer Mark Winnett is expecting a large turn out at the grand opening.

“We are looking forward to having about a hundred people coming down from various levels of government, life members of the club, original founders of the club through to today’s participants and from all various levels,” Mr Winnett said.  

The stadium has doubled in size from four courts to eight and now has a new café, office space, community meeting rooms and function spaces.

Mr Winnett said the new space has allowed the centre to introduce other sports such as badminton, volleyball and netball.

“We are branching out more than just the basketball club, but this facility will be an amazing centre for the next twenty, thirty years for the community to enjoy,” Mr Winnett said.

The facility will also offer yoga, language and piano classes, as it tries to become a more accessible centre for the community.  

Deputy chief executive of Basketball WA Evan Stewart said the basketball community is passionate and active in Western Australia and it’s only going to get bigger.

“Basketball culture is huge in WA and continuing to grow… We have on any given Saturday about 60,000 kids playing basketball,” Mr Stewart said.

Mr Stewart said many facilities, including Willetton, just haven’t had the capacity for the demand.

“Willetton had been struggling to meet the needs of the community and had a waiting list of two hundred to three hundred kids wanting to play every year because they didn’t have enough courts,” Mr Stewart said.

The grand opening and tour will be on Tuesday, August 18 at 2.30pm.

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