Mayor Celia Wade-Brown with other key players at the new ASB Sports Centre
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has welcomed today's announcement that ASB has entered into a 10-year agreement for naming rights for the new centre.
"That ASB has come to the party is excellent news for Wellingtonians - ASB's generous support will help to keep the centre's running costs down, not only for users but also for ratepayers.
"ASB will also get to associate itself with one of the most prominent buildings in the region - and one of the most prestigious."
Supporting Wellington's new sports centre fits with ASB's commitment to regional and national sporting initiatives, says Linley Wood, ASB Chief Community Partnership Officer.
"ASB is committed to making a tangible difference in the communities in which we operate, so being involved with this iconic Wellington sports facility demonstrates our support for both grassroots sports activity and for the people of the region," says Ms Wood.
Mayor Wade-Brown says she is highly excited about having the privilege of officially opening the $47.5 million ASB Sports Centre this Saturday (27 August).
"It will provide our city with a much needed quality training and playing indoor community facility, and contribute significantly to our aim of getting "more people, more active, more often".
The state-of-the-art centre will be a venue for a large variety of indoor sports, community recreation and school programmes. It will be able to host local, regional and national sports tournaments.
The new facility is equivalent in size to 12 full-size netball courts. It has the biggest area of sprung sports flooring in New Zealand, retractable seating for up to 2,200 spectators around a show court, 317 off-street vehicle parks, a cafe, sports control rooms, offices, accommodation for sports codes and a high performance sports facility. A large social activity space and meeting rooms will be available for hire.
The Council is also grateful to the New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) for supporting the sports equipment fit-out of the centre and Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) for funding the fit-out of the High Performance Sports Hub.
The management and operation of the centre is in great hands - Centre Manager Craig Hutchings has more than 20 years' experience in the sport and recreation industry, and has managed a variety of venues - including the University of Sydney Sport and Aquatic Centre, and University of Queensland sports facilities.
In conjunction with city and regional sports organisations, the Council is planning a range of sport and active recreation programmes and services, the aim being to reach as many people in the community as possible. NZCT is committed to ongoing support for the delivery of a 'Youth in Sport Programme' to enable sports codes to deliver school, club and community activities.
The centre is being used as an indoor training venue for the Rugby World Cup during September and October. Scheduled programmes, sports and community activities will begin in late October.