AIS Arena

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AIS Arena
The Palace
Full name AIS Arena
Former names National Indoor Sports Centre
Location Bruce, Canberra, ACT
Coordinates 35°14′52″S 149°6′4″E / 35.24778°S 149.10111°E / -35.24778; 149.10111Coordinates: 35°14′52″S 149°6′4″E / 35.24778°S 149.10111°E / -35.24778; 149.10111
Broke ground 1980
Built 1980
Opened 26 January 1981
Owner Australian Institute of Sport
Operator Australian Institute of Sport
Surface Customisable
Architect Philip Cox & Partners
Capacity Basketball / Netball: 5,200
Concerts (full): 4,264
Concerts (end mode): 3,450[1]
Field size 45.15m x 21.60m (full seating)
Tenants
Canberra Cannons (NBL) (1979-2003)
AIS Canberra Darters (CBT) (2003-2008)
Canberra Capitals (WNBL) (1984-present)
Australian Institute of Sport, (WNBL)

AIS Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Canberra, Australia. Its capacity is 5,200 and it was built in 1980. The arena was opened by the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Fraser, on 26 January 1981 and was originally named the National Indoor Sports Centre and was the inaugural home of the Australian Institute of Sport.

The AIS Arena is home to the Canberra Capitals and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) who play in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). While the AIS won one WNBL championship the Capitals have been far more successful and have won a record seven WNBL championships.

The AIS Arena was also home to defunct National Basketball League team the Canberra Cannons. The Cannons would win three championships while in Canberra yet they never got to celebrate a home grand final win as their three NBL titles (1983, 1984 and 1988) were all won in Melbourne. While the Cannons were playing at the arena it was known as "The Palace"

The Arena was designed by Philip Cox & Partners. Architectural features include a 1200 tonne suspended concrete panel roof supported by 12 steel masts and 36 mainstay cables. The roof has a span of 100.4 metres. The stadium is partly set into the ground to reduce its scale and to establish a visual connection between the landscape and the mast and cable structure of the roof. The AIS Arena is able to seat up to 5,200 people.

As the AIS Arena is in the nations capital, it also plays semi-regular host to the Australian Boomers and Australian Opals men's and women's senior basketball teams, as well as the Australian Netball Diamonds.

The arena doesn't only host sporting events and can be configured in different ways. It can be used for trade shows, gala dinners, exhibitions or even as a cocktail venue with room for up to 2,500 guests. The arena is also used for major indoor concerts in Canberra with musical acts such as P!nk, Alice Cooper and Kelly Clarkson performing there. The AIS Arena has a capacity for 4,264 during concerts.

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