Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium was opened on Thursday following its redevelopment.
The Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium (GRISS) is open for business following a $19 million redevelopment at Catterick Crescent in Traralgon.
Latrobe City Mayor, Cr Sharon Gibson and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing combined on centre court for an alley-oop official opening of the world-class stadium with assists from some sporting powerhouses set to play at the venue in the coming months.
Basketball Victoria’s Junior Country Championships alongside the National Basketball League’s 3×3 format will be showcased at GRISS in the coming months, highlighting the impressive stadium and the importance it will provide to the local sporting community.
Elite and amateur athletes alike from across Gippsland and beyond will benefit from increased offerings at the venue, with community user groups and sporting clubs already taking to the courts.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said the GRISS will be an amazing focal point for the Latrobe City Energy, Traralgon Amateur Basketball Association and everyone throughout the Victorian country basketball community.
“Regional stadiums like the Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium are as important as they are impressive,” Honey said. “This stadium will be the centrepiece of many competitions, tournaments and High Performance programs for Basketball Victoria, Latrobe City Energy and the Traralgon Amateur Basketball Association.
“There is an incredible basketball community throughout Gippsland and the whole of Country Victoria and a stadium like this one, on top of recent redevelopments of Bendigo Stadium and Ballarat Sports and Events Centre, highlights the need for elite venues across the state.
“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government, the Latrobe Valley Authority, Latrobe City Council and to everyone in the local community that has helped bring this expansion to life.”
The redeveloped centre now features nine courts, a show court with 3000 spectator seats, office and meeting space, conference rooms, café, social spaces and caters to a broad spectrum of indoor sports, shows and events.
A 12-month construction cycle provided an economic boost for Latrobe City, with a host of local contractors engaged throughout the build.
“Latrobe City Council is thrilled to deliver this world-class indoor sports stadium for the benefit of all across our patch,” Latrobe City Mayor Sharon Gibson said. “Locals, visitors and elite athletes alike will enjoy these facilities, which will attract major tourism and big dollars into our economy for generations to come.”
“This project is a testament to the State Government’s support for Latrobe City and we applaud their vision for local infrastructure upgrades to enhance our region’s clout as a major sporting and events precinct.”
Gippsland businesses MSD Painting, Morrow Plumbing, Platinum Electricians, WELDTEK, CME Installations, Cornwall Building, Carpet Country, MTS Excavations and Drilling, J.O Miller and M&JM Cook, among others, were all engaged by lead contractor Becon Constructions on the project.
The project was funded by $17 million from the Victorian Government’s $85 million Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative, administered by Latrobe Valley Authority, and $2 million Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Sports Infrastructure Loan Scheme.