In 1989 Val Curran President of the Illawarra District Netball Association and Ian Richardson Director Illawarra Basketball Association recognised that the Illawarra region lacked the necessary indoor sport and recreation facilities for the future needs of not only both basketball and netball but many other indoor sports. Concept plans were prepared for a four court multipurpose sports centre. A project team was formed to take the project from concept to reality. The project team included representatives from netball, basketball, Wollongong City Council and interested community individuals. Plans and costings were prepared to meet Council and planning regulations. In early 1991 construction commenced with the complex completed in 1992. Many businesses and organisations of the Illawarra contributed to the development of the facility with in-kind support, materials and equipment, donations and voluntary labour. The project was managed by Cleary Bros of Port Kembla.
The Illawarra Sports Stadium has been fully operational since 1992 and has provided a high standard complex for sporting and recreational activities for many organisations, as well as providing a home for netball and basketball and other indoor sporting activities and community groups.
for the community
The Illawarra Sports Stadium is a proud supporter of Lifeline South Coast’s Book Fair. With around 40000 books of various fictional and non-fictional genres, this event is the major fundraising event for Lifeline’s support services, including their 24 hour telephone crisis helpline in the Sydney south coast.
Our venue is home to the Illawarra District Netball Association (IDNA) which has a membership of some 3500+. Basketball has been a major user of the centre for the past twenty years, with 90 teams competing on a weekly basis. Recently Basketball has been relocated to the Snakepit in Wollongong by the Illawarra Basketball Association. Uni Basketball League (UBL) now operates 2 days per week at the Stadium.