Perth Superdrome

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Perth Superdrome
The Cauldron
HBF Stadium.jpg
Former names Challenge Stadium (1996 – 2014)
Location Stephenson Avenue, Mount Claremont, Perth, Western Australia 6010
Coordinates 31°57′9″S 115°46′57″E / 31.95250°S 115.78250°E / -31.95250; 115.78250Coordinates: 31°57′9″S 115°46′57″E / 31.95250°S 115.78250°E / -31.95250; 115.78250
Operator VenuesWest
Capacity Basketball / Netball: 4,500
Opened 1986
Tenants
Western Australian Institute of Sport
Perth Wildcats (NBL) (1987–1989, 2002–2012)
Perth Lynx (WNBL) (1988–1989)
Perth Orioles (CBT) (1997–2007)
West Coast Fever (ANZ Championship) (2008–2016), (NNL) (2017–)

Perth Superdrome, currently bearing the commercial sponsorship label of HBF Stadium and formerly known as Challenge Stadium, is a sports complex in Mount Claremont, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. It was opened in 1986 and is home to the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS). The main indoor arena holds 4,500 people (over 5,000 with standing room). The complex received its current name through a naming-rights sponsorship deal with HBF in 2014. Although the sponsorship with Challenge Bank expired in 2002, the name of the stadium was retained until 2014.[1][2]

About[edit]

Interior of the arena during the 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge

The complex features an Olympic-standard aquatic centre with five pools, a gymnasium, a diving tower, two arenas, and several basketball courts, as well as a café, a childcare centre, a sports store, office accommodations and a museum. Regular exhibitions and expos are hosted throughout the year as well as national and international sporting events such as the FINA World Aquatics Championships.

Between 1987–89 and 2002–12, HBF Stadium was the home venue of the Perth Wildcats, who play in the National Basketball League (NBL). The Wildcats played in four NBL Grand Final series at the stadium, in 1987, 2002/03, 2009/10 and 2011/12, with the only championship coming in 2009/10. During Wildcats games, the venue was referred to as "The Jungle". The Wildcats' final game at the stadium was their 87–86 win over the New Zealand Breakers in Game 2 of the 2011/12 NBL Grand Final series in front of 4,400 fans.

Since 2008, the stadium has also been the home court for the West Coast Fever, who play in the National Netball League. To the Fever, the stadium is known as "The Cauldron".[3]

In 2013, a WAIS High Performance Service Centre commenced construction. It now comprises a strength and conditioning gym, multi-purpose training and testing area, 80 metre four lane indoor runway for long jump, sprinting and throwing sports, hydrotherapy and recovery pools, physiology and environmental laboratories, consultation rooms, athlete amenities and office space.[4]

As a music venue[edit]

HBF Stadium has been the venue of major music concerts, including:

2003

2004

  • P!nk - 30 April 2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2016

2017

2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Challenge Stadium loses its name". One Perth. 4 May 2014. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Division 65: Western Australian Sports Centre Trust, $13 278 000" (pdf). Extract from Hansard. Parliament of Western Australia. 29 May 2002. pp. 178a–179a. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "West Coast Fever presents THE CHALLENGE". westcoastfever.com.au. Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "2012-2013 Annual Report" (PDF). VenuesWest. Western Australian Sports Centre Trust. 2013. p. 6. Archived from the original (pdf) on 12 March 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 

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