Ready and set to go

Formerly Warwick Leisure Centre, the stadium was officially opened yesterday after 10 months of expansion works, including four new indoor courts and a main display court, a 500sq m gym and group fitness room, new reception area and cafe, and improvements to the facility entrance.

The display court, which meets international basketball and netball standards and will be home to the State Basketball League’s Stirling Senators, has a 450-seat fixed grandstand and space for retractable seating.

The Churches of Christ Sport and Recreation Association (CCSRA), which contributed more than $5.5 million to the project, will operate the stadium.

“The driving force and motivation for CCSRA in this expansion has been the opportunity to build into our community, bringing people together to interact in a healthy and positive environment,” operations director Scott Joy said. “There are so many ways and opportunities people can get involved at Warwick Stadium, with sports programs and competitions for children through to adults, fitness classes, gym memberships and great coffee.”

He said the new gym was in addition to the expanded ladies-only Women’s Workout facility.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City, which contributed $2.3 million, was proud to be involved in a project that would enhance the availability of recreational services to the local community and attract users from across Perth.

“Warwick Stadium is now a prominent landmark and an exciting development for sport in the northern corridor of Perth,” he said. “From the exterior, this aesthetically pleasing stadium blends in with the surrounding environment and inside, users can access the latest equipment and facilities to maximise their experience.

“The early feedback from user groups has been overwhelmingly positive.”