The Illawarra Sports Stadium is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1992. We oversee operations of Berkeley's own multi-purpose indoor sport and recreation Stadium. All income is spent on facilities and services. The Illawarra Sports Stadium is managed and operated by volunteers.
We are proud to give back to the community through our junior basketball program and in supporting Lifeline South Coast's Book Fair.
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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.
The Illawarra Sports Stadium is a proud supporter of Lifeline South Coast’s Book Fair. With around 40,000 fiction and non-fiction books, 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.
Illawarra Sports Stadium has two major halls or operational areas each of approximately 1400sqm which have a very wide range of functions and opportunities.
There is a mezzanine area of some 250sqm which provides an excellent viewing of the activities at the Stadium and complements the major halls.
Complementing these areas are public amenities, change rooms, training and multifunction room, first aid room and a professional room for meetings and VIP guests. The Stadium grandstand seats some 350 with room for additional temporary grandstands
Illawarra Sports Stadium services a wide cross section of community sporting agencies and organisations providing an outstanding venue for activities including
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The Illawarra Sports Stadium is available for event bookings throughout the year from 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday and every Sunday 7:00am to 10:00pm.
From mid-September to April, in addition to our regular hours, we are also available on Saturday from 7:00am to 10:00pm.