State Sports Centre

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State Sports Centre
Sydney Olympic Park Basketball Centre.JPG
Location Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°51′12″S 151°4′10″E / 33.85333°S 151.06944°E / -33.85333; 151.06944Coordinates: 33°51′12″S 151°4′10″E / 33.85333°S 151.06944°E / -33.85333; 151.06944
Capacity 5,006
Opened November 1984
Tenants
Sydney Supersonics (NBL) (1986–1987)
West Sydney Westars (NBL) (1986–1987)
Sydney Kings (NBL) (1988–1989, 2012, 2016)
Sydney Spirit (NBL) (2000–2009)
Sydney Sandpipers (CBT) (1997–2003)
New South Wales Swifts (ANZ) (2008–2016), (NNL) (2017–)
Giants Netball (NNL) (2017–)

The State Sports Centre (sometimes referred to as the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre) is a multi-use indoor arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and was opened in November 1984. With a total of 3,854 fixed and retractable seats the main arena is a focal point of the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre. An additional 1,152 portable seats can be accommodated on the floor level to bring seated capacity to 5,006.

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Basketball and netball[edit]

In 1986, the State Sports Centre became home to Sydney's then two National Basketball League (NBL) teams, the Sydney Supersonics and West Sydney Westars. When they merged before the 1988 NBL season to form the Sydney Kings, the new team remained at the centre and would stay for two years before moving to the 12,000 seat Sydney Entertainment Centre (SEC) in 1990.

The Centre then hosted local basketball until the formation of a new NBL team in 1998 called the West Sydney Razorbacks (later renamed the Sydney Spirit). The new club called the Centre home from 1998 until the club folded in 2009.

The Sydney Sandpipers netball team called the venue home from 1997–2003 until they folded, and since 2008 it has been the home venue for the New South Wales Swifts netball team. From 2017 it will also be the home to new Suncorp Super Netball team Giants Netball.

Due to a schedule conflict at the SEC, the Sydney Kings returned to the State Sports Centre for a game against defending NBL champions the New Zealand Breakers in Round 10 of the 2012-13 NBL season. The Kings defeated the Breakers 75-62 in front of 4,178 fans.

2000 Olympic Games[edit]

The State Sports Centre was one of the venues of the 2000 Summer Olympics, held in Sydney. It hosted the table tennis and taekwondo events.

Other[edit]

Hillsong's album For This Cause was recorded at the centre on 5 March 2000. C3 Church's album Send Down Your Love was also recorded at the centre during the Church's "Love Sydney" event held on 10 September 2009. In 1998, Shout to the Lord 2000 was recorded at this place as well during the 1998 Hillsong Conference.

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