The redeveloped MyState Bank Arena in Hobart, Tasmania has been officially reopened in advance of Tasmania’s JackJumpers taking to the court in the National Basketball League.
This marks a new era for the iconic venue, formerly known as the Derwent Entertainment Centre, with the upgraded facilities to be the new home to the JackJumpers, as well as playing host to major concerts and live performances.
The Tasmanian Government has been a strong supporter of the project since purchasing the venue from the Glenorchy City Council for A$8 million and then committing A$56 million towards the A$66 million upgrade of MyState Bank Arena as a world class entertainment and sporting facility.
Management of the venue is being undertaken by seven full-time staff members, headed by Venue Manager Renee Brown. On game day, the team grows to 160 staff.
The capacity of the venue is flexible, with its multi-purpose modes allowing 4,500 in basketball mode, 5,500 for a seated concert and 8,800 for a general admission concert when seats are retracted.
The next stage of development on the site is the establishment of a $35 million community indoor multi-sport facility, which will provide facilities for a number of sports, along with training facilities for the Tasmania JackJumpers.
Construction of this new facility will commence in 2022.
PSAM editor John Sheehan caught up with Yves De Cocker, Managing Director of PitchTecConcept, who explains how his company bridges the gap between sports organisations and the technology used in the playing surface industry.
The interview covers:
Yves 20+ years industry leading experience in the evolution of hybrid grass, trends he has noticed and some of the notable projects he has been involved with
The key reasons for Yves launching PitchTecConcept
Common mistakes often made with playing surface management
The steps he offers as a bridge between the industry and the end user
Advice to clubs looking to maximise their event calendars without compromising on the performance of their playing surface