BALLARAT Sports and Events Centre is flourishing as a venue thanks in part to the elite flooring and seating installed by Action Floor Systems and Ace Seating.
Ballarat’s basketball community has stayed connected to its rich gold mining history throughout its time in the game, naming its men’s and women’s NBL1 basketball teams the Miners and the Rush respectively.
A century after the gold rush, Ballarat is suddenly booming again. Population growth could double from current numbers by 2050, and with incredible growth comes a need to provide incredible facilities to match the needs of its residents.
One thing every vibrant community needs is a place for sports and recreation and the Ballarat community was outgrowing its existing indoor sporting facilities.
Basketball Ballarat announced it would have 500 teams competing in the 2019 season, including more than 340 youth teams—which was the association’s all-time high. Increased participation sparked demand for court space, whether for games or training throughout the week, which was getting hard to come by. The association resorted to scheduling many games at local schools and was struggling to meet the burgeoning demand.
Ballarat needed an updated sports facility to support its athletes and host large crowds. Leading the charge to obtain government funding and turn the project into a reality was Basketball Ballarat CEO Peter Eddy.
Eddy spent years petitioning all levels of government to provide funding for the a $24-million Ballarat Sports Centre extension. During that time, plans for the project grew along with anticipation. What was going to be a three-court sports stadium doubled to six full-sized basketball courts with seating for 3,000 spectators around a show-court for high-profile events.
Eddy and the team at Basketball Ballarat needed to find a sports floor that would work with their budget and provide the performance attributes that elite athletes expect in a world- class sports complex.
Basketball Ballarat found the perfect partners in Action Floor Systems® and the experienced sports flooring experts from Ace Floors and Coatings.
After a long process of evaluation and discussion, Eddy decided the FIBA-certified Action ProAir WBS fit the bill. This floating floor system features wide body sleepers and an Action E-Cush Pad for exceptional ball response and playability.
“The benefit of wide body sleepers is that their width means they are closer together,” Action Floors Systems’ Norm Goedheer said. “That narrows the gaps between sleepers and helps provide uniform performance and better ball return.”
Jason Tully and the team from Ace Floors and Coatings won the bid to install the sports floor system thanks to the dealer’s experience on similar projects, such as basketball courts at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Plus, the sports flooring contractor could also provide and install retractable stadium seating through its sister company, Ace Seating Systems.
The Ballarat Sports and Events Centre officially opened on August 4 2019. Tully and his team, as well as Eddy and everyone at Basketball Ballarat, are celebrating a mission accomplished.
“Everyone involved has been a little overwhelmed by the quality of the design and construction of the new facility,” Eddy says. “It has exceeded all expectations, and the flooring and retractable seating systems provide the flexibility and quality finish we needed to meet everyday use and to attract major national level events.”
During Eddy’s recent induction into the Ballarat Sports Hall of Fame, he said working on the new sports centre was an experience he will remember fondly. It will also be part of his lasting legacy. Because, while Ballarat may face more growing pains, one thing is certain … people will have a place to play and watch basketball.
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