Work underway on bigger, better home for Lightning

Published: Comments:
Infrastructure & Construction Lifestyle Queensland Government Sport and Fitness Sunshine Coast Council

Social:   

The Palaszczuk Government has invested an extra $2 million into the expansion of the indoor USC Stadium to provide a major boost for champion netball team the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Speaking after inspecting progress on the stadium expansion Deputy Premier and Patron of the Sunshine Coast Lightning Jackie Trad, said the extra funding will help transform the stadium.

“This extra funding comes on top of the $7 million already committed by the Palaszczuk Government and will see the USC Stadium become a worthy home for the Sunshine Coast Lightning,” she said.

“The Lightning have enjoyed phenomenal success since their inception in 2016, winning back-to-back championships in their first two seasons in the Suncorp Super Netball competition.

“The Lightning are champions, plain and simple, and with every single Lightning home game in the old 2,000 seat USC Stadium sold out, it’s clear they need a bigger, better place to call home.

“This upgrade will add 1,000 extra seats as well as new changing rooms, a canteen, improved access for people with a disability, umpire rooms and multi-purpose spaces to support netball and a range of other sports including basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor hockey and futsal.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Stadium upgrade was a fitting tribute given the Lightning’s unprecedented success and would support the growth of major events on the Sunshine Coast.

“The Lightning are the Sunshine Coast’s first national professional sporting team and they have absolutely done us proud,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“This upgrade will transform the Stadium into a quality national standard destination venue, large enough to attract major sporting competitions and cultural and community events to the Sunshine Coast.”

Sunshine Coast Lightning CEO Danielle Smith said being able to have more fans at home games was one of the biggest benefits of the revamped stadium.

“Last season Lightning had over 2,300 members – more than the existing stadium capacity – and has sold out every home game since its inception,” she said.

“We’re excited to be able to provide more fans with the opportunity to attend live games on the Sunshine Coast and support the club’s growth leading into the third Suncorp Super Netball season.

“We are grateful for the Queensland Government’s support and delighted to see this wonderful community asset take shape.”

USC Stadium is owned by the University of the Sunshine Coast and its Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill also thanked the Queensland Government for funding the redevelopment.

“USC Stadium is a community facility and this extension work will greatly enhance the Sunshine Coast’s ability to attract major sporting and cultural events into the future,” Professor Hill said.

“We’re very grateful for the State Government’s increased funding commitment towards this important project and appreciate the support we’ve received from Sunshine Coast Council in making this happen.”

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the stadium’s expansion in seating capacity would ensure more young netballers have the chance to be inspired by local Lightning heroes such as goal attack, Steph Wood.

“I have personally seen how the eyes of my own eight-year-old daughter light up after she attends a live match of netball – for weeks afterwards she’s throwing a ball around the house,” Mr de Brenni said.

“More Queensland women and girls play netball than any other sport and our additional investment in this venue shows that we are doubling down on our support for netball.

“More seats at the stadium equal more fans at matches – it’s as simple as that.

“This can only be good for the game, and the Sunshine Coast community.”

Work on the expanded stadium began in November last year and is expected to be completed in time for the Lightning’s home match on 25 May 2019.

 
Sunshine Coast Lightning : View Full Profile
Sunshine Coast University, Sippy Downs
Sunshine Coast Lightning
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Work underway on bigger, better home for Lightning 07 February 2019 | The Lightning are champions, plain and simple, and with every single Lightning home game in the old 2,000 seat USC Stadium sold out, it’s clear they need a bigger, better place to call home. More information...
Netball Australia launches Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup 30 January 2019 | Netball Australia has launched the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball pre-season tournament to be known as the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup, announcing it will take place from 8-10 March in Brisbane. More information...
Stadium upgrade to bolster fan base 19 December 2018 | With Sunshine Coast Lightning’s home stadium set to expand by approximately 1,000 seats, the back-to-back premiership-winning Club has its sights set on welcoming more Members than ever before in 2019. More information...
Netballers make a world of difference in Fiji 19 December 2018 | Sunshine Coast Lightning Goal Attack Stephanie Wood and more than 40 young netballers from across the region have lent a helping hand to Fijians living in poverty, journeying around the Pacific Island-nation this... More information...
Compass appointed charity partner 11 December 2018 | Sunshine Coast young people living with a disability are set to benefit from a partnership with the region’s elite netball team, with Sunshine Coast Lightning this week appointing The Compass Institute Inc. as... More information...
Taurua takes out Queensland Coach of the Year 29 November 2018 | Sunshine Coast Lightning Head Coach Noeline Taurua has taken out a prestigious accolade at the Queensland Sport Awards, winning Queensland Sport Coach of the Year at the awards evening held in Brisbane on 28... More information...
Sunshine Coast Lightning’s Sunset Soiree 23 November 2018 | Sunset Soiree saw close to 100 businesspeople and community members converge on The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast on 22 November to network and celebrate Sunshine Coast Lightning striking back to back. More information...
Next generation of netballers to join Lightning 16 November 2018 | Sunshine Coast Lightning has welcomed four training partners for the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season, bringing on board Ashlee Unie, Binnian Hunt, Sienna Allen and Chanel Dyer. More information...
Preseason underway at Lightning HQ 15 November 2018 | Sunshine Coast Lightning has commenced preseason training this week in preparation for the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) season, with athletes participating in a range of tests and training activities. More information...
Sunset Soiree to celebrate 2018 Super Netball season 07 November 2018 | The local business community as well as Sunshine Coast Lightning fans from across the region will celebrate the Club striking back-to-back at a dedicated networking event being held on 22 November. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service