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16 January 2019
The Tennis Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is set to receive a facelift after the NSW Government announced a $50.5 million upgrade to improve lighting, ventilation, and seating. It aims to provide better facilities for netball and tennis athletes and fans and provide opportunities for both sports to meet growing demands in Western Sydney.
The upgrade will see a new roof installed over Ken Rosewall Arena and Show Court 1 to provide an all-weather environment for both sports, with a timber sprung floor capable of hosting major netball events to be installed at the Arena. Players’ facilities, lighting, ventilation, seating and public amenities will also be improved by the upgrade.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Swifts and Giants netball teams have outgrown their existing facility and require a bigger and better venue.
“This upgraded facility will have 10,000 seats, so more fans can support their team,” she said
Stuart Ayres NSW Minister for Sport said this upgrade will help secure key international sporting events as part of the state government’s 10 World Cups in 10 years strategy. “We are bringing the best sporting events in the world to NSW, and this upgrade will allow us to host ATP Tennis World Team Cup event in January 2020,” Ayres said.
Tennis NSW CEO Lawrence Robertson said the upgrade will allow tennis to attract new events and international talent. “Sydney has a long tennis history and is home to one of the world’s oldest professional tennis tournaments. These upgrades will go a long way to ensure we are in the best possible position to continue that tradition when the biggest event outside of the Grand Slams makes its debut on the tennis calendar in January 2020.”