Perth Superdrome

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Coordinates: 31°57′9″S 115°46′57″E / 31.95250°S 115.78250°E / -31.95250; 115.78250

Perth Superdrome
The Cauldron
HBF Stadium.jpg
Former namesChallenge Stadium (1996–2014)
LocationStephenson Ave
Mount Claremont, WA, 6010
OperatorVenuesWest
CapacityBasketball / Netball: 4,500
Opened1986
Tenants
Western Australian Institute of Sport
Perth Wildcats (NBL) (1987–1989, 2002–2012)
Perth Lynx (WNBL) (1988–1989)
Perth Orioles (CBT) (1997–2007)
West Coast Fever (ANZ/ NNL) (2008–2018)
Website
www.hbfstadium.com.au

Perth Superdrome, known as HBF Stadium under a commercial naming rights arrangement, is a sports complex in Perth, Western Australia. It is home to the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS). The venue is located in the suburb of Mount Claremont, approximately 8 km West of the Perth's central business district.

The complex was opened in 1986. It received its current name through a naming-rights sponsorship deal with HBF in 2014.[1] Although the previous sponsorship with Challenge Bank expired in 2002, the Challenge Stadium name remained in use until 2014.[1][2]

Facilities include an Olympic-standard aquatic centre with five pools, a diving tower, gymnasium, two arenas, and several basketball courts, as well as a café, childcare centre, sports store, office accommodation and a museum.

The main indoor arena has seating capacity for 4,500 spectators, or for over 5,000 people including standing room. Regular exhibitions and expos are hosted at the venue, as well as national and international sporting events.

History[edit]

Interior of the arena during the 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge

Between 1987–89 and 2002–12, the Perth Superdrome was the home venue of the Perth Wildcats, who play in the National Basketball League (NBL). The Wildcats played in four NBL Grand Final series at the stadium, in 1987, 2002/03, 2009/10 and 2011/12, with the only championship coming in 2009/10. During Wildcats games, the venue was referred to as "The Jungle". The Wildcats' final game at the stadium was their 87–86 win over the New Zealand Breakers in Game 2 of the 2011/12 NBL Grand Final series in front of 4,400 fans.

The aquatic centre hosted the FINA World Aquatics Championships in 1991 and 1998. The Australian Swimming Championships were held there in 1993,[3] as well as the national short-course championships in in 2001 and 2012.

Beginning in 2008, the stadium served as the main home court for the West Coast Fever, who play in the National Netball League. To the Fever, the stadium is known as "The Cauldron".[4] The Fever moved all their home matches to Perth Arena at the end of the 2018 season.

In 2013, a WAIS High Performance Service Centre commenced construction. It now comprises a strength and conditioning gym, multi-purpose training and testing area, 80 metre four lane indoor runway for long jump, sprinting and throwing sports, hydrotherapy and recovery pools, physiology and environmental laboratories, consultation rooms, athlete amenities and office space.[5]

As a music venue[edit]

HBF Stadium has been the venue of major music concerts, including:

2000s decade[edit]


2003

2004

  • P!nk - 30 April 2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010s decade[edit]


2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2016

2017

2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Challenge Stadium loses its name". One Perth. 4 May 2014. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Division 65: Western Australian Sports Centre Trust, $13 278 000" (pdf). Extract from Hansard. Parliament of Western Australia. 29 May 2002. pp. 178a–179a. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  3. ^ "The Year in Detail" (PDF). Australian Swimming Inc. Annual Report 1992-93. Australian Swimming: 3. 1993. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  4. ^ "West Coast Fever presents THE CHALLENGE". westcoastfever.com.au. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  5. ^ "2012-2013 Annual Report" (PDF). VenuesWest. Western Australian Sports Centre Trust. 2013. p. 6. Archived from the original (pdf) on 12 March 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2014.

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