Arena Joondalup

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This article is about the Arena in Joondalup known as HBF Arena. It is not to be confused with HBF Stadium in Claremont (previously Challenge Stadium).
HBF Arena
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Former names Arena Joondalup
Location Kennedya Drive, Joondalup, Western Australia
Coordinates 31°44′3″S 115°45′47″E / 31.73417°S 115.76306°E / -31.73417; 115.76306Coordinates: 31°44′3″S 115°45′47″E / 31.73417°S 115.76306°E / -31.73417; 115.76306
Owner Western Australian Government
Operator West Australian Sports Centre Trust
Capacity 16,000
Record attendance 15,082 (1994)[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1993
Opened 1994
Architect Cox Architects & Planners
Tenants
West Perth Falcons (WAFL) (1994–present)
ECU Joondalup Soccer Club (Football West State League) (1995–?)
Joondalup & Districts Rugby League Club (WARL)(2008–present)
Joondalup Little Athletics

Arena Joondalup, known as HBF Arena for sponsorship purposes since 2014,[2] is a multi-purpose stadium and sport, recreation and aquatic centre located in Joondalup, Western Australia. It is located on 35 ha of parkland approximately 25 km north of Perth. It was officially opened in 1994.[3] An $11 million indoor aquatic centre, including a 50 m 10-lane competition pool, was completed in 2000 as part of the Arena Joondalup complex.[4]

The Arena usually hosts Australian rules football matches,[5] and has been the home stadium of the West Perth Football Club since 1994.[6] It was home to the ECU Joondalup Soccer Club (formerly Joondalup City) from 1995, the Joondalup Lakers Hockey Club and the Joondalup & Districts Rugby League Club (Joondalup Giants) who moved to the Arena in 2008.[7] Joondalup Brothers R.U.F.C, the largest junior rugby club in Western Australia, moved to the complex in 2011. The capacity of the venue is 16,000 people.[5] The stadium is part of a larger athletic complex that has an indoor arena that can host basketball and netball matches, a swimming venue, and a field hockey area. It is the largest athletic complex of its kind in Western Australia.[5]

HBF Arena is also one of the home grounds for the Perth Spirit team that plays in the National Rugby Championship.[8][9]

Arena Joondalup was awarded 'Facility Management Award' at the biannual Sport and Recreation Industry Awards in November 2001.[10] Since 1999 Arena Joondalup has been host to the Rock-It musical festival, which is one of the major rock concerts held regularly in Perth, with attendances of up to 25,000 people.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Round 4 - 1994 - League: West Perth v East Perth". West Australian Football League. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Challenge Stadium loses its name". One Perth. 4 May 2014. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Birth of Joondalup". Landcorp. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Up to 500,000 people expected to use new Joondalup aquatic centre". Western Australian State Government. 26 February 1999. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Arena Joondalup". Australian Stadiums. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  6. ^ "WEST PERTH – Part Three: 1968 to 2007". West Perth Football Club. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  7. ^ "Joondalup Giants". WA Rugby league. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  8. ^ Jackson, Ed (20 August 2014). "Australian rugby set for provincial reboot". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Fixtures draw". Australian Rugby. 16 July 2014. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sport Industry Awards announced". Western Australian State Government. 2001-11-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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