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Silverdome (Launceston)

Silverdome
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Former namesTasmanian International Velodrome
LocationLaunceston, Tasmania
Coordinates41°28′31″S 147°8′24″E / 41.47528°S 147.14000°E / -41.47528; 147.14000
Capacity5,000
Construction
Broke ground1984
Opened1985
Tenants
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) (2020/21)
Tasmania JackJumpers (NBL) (2021–present)

The Silverdome, Australia's first indoor velodrome,[1] is an indoor sporting and entertainment venue located in Launceston, Tasmania built in 1984. The capacity of the venue is 5,000.[2]

History

Plaque commorating the venue's official opening

The Silverdome was built at an estimated cost of A$4 million, as the Tasmanian Government "proposed a world class facility" to replace the run down velodrome in the Launceston suburb of St Leonards. In January 1985, the facility's opening coincided with the City of Launceston Cycling Club Championships. Although "custom built for cycling", the Silverdome has hosted various concerts and other sporting events.[3]

The Collingwood Magpies Netball team, who compete in the Suncorp Super Netball league, have played a home match each season at the venue.[4]

Tenants

After hosting games during the NBL Blitz the season prior, on 3 March 2021 the National Basketball League announced that the venue would host six games during the 2020–21 NBL season in preparation for the Tasmania JackJumpers joining the league the following season.[5] The first match was held on 13 April when the New Zealand Breakers lost to the Perth Wildcats in overtime.[6] Since the 2021–22 NBL season, the JackJumpers host two games per season at the arena.[7]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Silverdome". Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  2. ^ Silverdome (About Us)
  3. ^ Green (2006), p. 62–63.
  4. ^ "Magpies head to Launceston". Collingwood Magpies. 1 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Tasmania to Host NBL Games This Season | NBL". NBL.com.au.
  6. ^ "Cotton shakes off woes to deliver 'Cats OT win | NBL". NBL.com.au. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Inaugural Membership Seating Maps". www.JackJumpers.com.au. 2 July 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.

References

  • Green, Anne (2006). The Home of Sports and Manly Exercise : Places of Leisure in Launceston. Launceston City Council. ISBN 0-9596090-7-5.
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