Arena Joondalup

Arena Joondalup, known as HBF Arena under a commercial naming rights arrangement, is a multi-purpose sports complex in Joondalup, Western Australia, 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.[4]

The capacity of the outdoor sports ground is 16,000 people. Along with aquatic and swimming facilities, the stadium holds seven indoor basketball courts, as well as outdoor netball, field hockey, tennis, and rugby facilities. It is the largest athletic complex of its kind in Western Australia.[5]

HBF Arena's most notable attraction is Australian rules football matches,[5] having 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. HBF Arena was also one of the home grounds for the Perth Spirit team in the National Rugby Championship in 2014.[8][9] In 2018, the Joondalup Wolves moved into HBF Arena after playing out of Joondalup Basketball Stadium for more than three decades.[10]

HBF Arena was awarded the 'Facility Management Award' at the biannual Sport and Recreation Industry Awards in November 2001.[11] Since 1999, HBF Arena 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.

HBF Arena's sports facilities
Outdoor sports ground
Indoor show court

References

  1. ^ "Round 4 - 1994 - League: West Perth v East Perth". West Australian Football League. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
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  3. ^ "The Birth of Joondalup". Landcorp. Retrieved 1 December 2008.[permanent dead link]
  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 "Arena Joondalup". Australian Stadiums. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
  6. ^ "WEST PERTH – Part Three: 1968 to 2007". West Perth Football Club. Archived from the original on 19 June 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
  7. ^ "Joondalup Giants". WA Rugby league. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
  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. ^ Donaldson, Mark (27 July 2017). "SBL: ode to suburban stadiums as Joondalup Wolves farewell Joondalup Basketball Stadium". CommunityNews.com.au. Joondalup Times. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Sport Industry Awards announced". Western Australian State Government. 16 November 2001. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2008.

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