Knox Basketball Inc. (KBI) is thrilled to share the Victorian Government’s budget announcement of $130 million budget towards the expansion of the State Basketball Centre. KBI also acknowledges the generous support and investment that Knox City Council has provided for both KBI and Knox Gymnastics Club in committing an additional $25 million towards the project.
This exciting expansion includes ten new community courts for Knox Basketball, providing modern facilities for our domestic competitions and Raiders programs. Elite high-performance courts will also be added for use by Victorian and National Teams, South East Melbourne Phoenix (NBL) and Melbourne Boomers (WNBL). The current annual visitors of 800,000 is anticipated to increase to over 2 million when complete.
The development provides administrative offices to house Knox Basketball, plus a dedicated Knox Basketball members social room, Board room, Referees room and other spaces where we can display memorabilia and awards from the past 40+ years. Further administration areas will be built for Basketball Victoria, Basketball Australia, the South East Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Boomers.
Knox Basketball CEO Grant Harrison says “I cannot wait to see the development come to life, albeit with some sadness with the home stadium move from Boronia. KBI is the largest basketball association in Australia and continually growing, so the 16 courts at SBC will enable KBI to continue to prosper.”
KBI Chairperson, Michelle Murray, states “This is an unprecedented amount of funding from both the State Government and Knox City Council for the State Basketball Centre and we are extremely grateful and humbled by this level of funding commitment.”
Harrison and the Board agree that this expansion will provide our members with a world class facility housing a state-of-the-art high-performance centre and substantial space for KBI to provide a real home feeling; particularly with its own 1000 seat mini-showcourt for its Youth League and NBL1 games. This project has taken many years to come to fruition with enormous amounts of hard work negotiating what will be a great outcome for Knox Basketball.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey reaffirms the additional funding announcement is a sign of basketball’s popularity throughout the Victorian community and the redevelopment would help support participation growth in the South East, as well as elevate the sport’s premier status in player pathway development. “The expanded State Basketball Centre will be a great addition to the Victorian basketball community,” Honey said. “The additional 10 courts – taking the venue to 16 overall – will give more players a chance to take the court and help fill the urgent need for more basketball facilities in the area”.
Minister for Education and Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, recognises the importance of the redevelopment in this area.
“Victoria’s basketball roots run deep in Melbourne’s South East,” said Merlino. “This new centre will deliver a place where clubs can go and kids can realise their dreams by emulating and watching their basketball heroes in their own back yard.”
“More people hit the court here than anywhere else in the state, that’s why we’re getting on with delivering the ultimate home court advantage, from grassroots to elite, providing facilities where they’re needed most.”
To provide further information KBI will be holding a “members only” forum once the State Government releases its ‘Confidentiality Agreements’. The KBI Board reaffirms our goal is to provide a full and frank overview of the project including the building design, construction dates and updates from Knox City Council on the Boronia stadium. We will deliver our best endeavors to keep our members up to date and engaged.
We encourage you to join us in celebrating this huge achievement as we position Knox Basketball for an exciting future.