Wyndham City’s Eagle Stadium is the largest indoor recreation facility in Melbourne’s West.
The $47 million complex features:
- a 1,500 seat show court,
- 12 indoor multi-purpose courts,
- 4 outdoor netball courts,
- a state of the art gym, dedicated group fitness and spin class rooms,
- a crèche,
- café and
- ample parking.
Architecturally striking, the building features high ceilings and natural light - it is insulated for noise and thermal impact and has many sustainable features reducing its impact of the environment.
Internal components naming of Eagle Stadium
Area 1: Nicol Championship Courts
Championship represents the duel that plays out amongst the highest level of competition at the venue
Nicol reflects the contribution made by John Nicol to the stadium. John was:
- Instrumental in the development of the original Recreation Centre.
- Chairman of the company Werribee Basketball Association (WBA) formed to build the three court basketball stadium in 1992.
- Heavily involved the partnership between Council and the WBA ensuring Wyndham could continue to provide an indoor sporting facility for the community through the coming together of the two indoor centres.
- The first Chairman of the new company – Werribee Sports Centre Limited (WSCL) – which managed the complex for almost 20 years.
Area 2: Challenge Courts
This reflects that people have to challenge themselves to continually improve, and the challenge that takes place between two teams on the court. It also reflects the challenge that many individuals had to overcome to ensure that this stadium was built, and its continual development since 1977.
Area 3: Cooney Flaherty Courts
This area comprises the four outdoor netball courts.
Irene Cooney with the support of the Netball Committee and players, negotiated for the new home of netball to be located at the current site. The new facility comprised six courts instead of the two at Soldiers Reserve, and meant that more women could participate in netball and socially connect regularly.
Kerryn Flaherty assisted Irene, the Committee and players in advocating for the new courts. Kerryn is a strong advocate of netball and empowering women in sport and assisted in tirelessly maintaining the courts to ensure they were always in the best condition, making sure that players wouldn’t miss out on participating. She continued to do this into the late 2000’s for school tournaments and the Saturday junior competition.
Area 4: WBA Legacy Courts
Reflects the legacy created by the commitment and support of the Werribee basketball community in the development of the three court basketball stadium, which now forms the basis of this area. The former basketball stadium was originally built by the Werribee Basketball Association (WBA) in 1992 to cater for the ever expanding basketball competitions in Werribee.
In 1998 the WBA joined with Council to combine the Recreation Centre and the Basketball Stadium into one for the benefit of the community. The combined complex, known as the Werribee Sports & Fitness Centre ran for almost 20 years by a company, Werribee Sports Centre Limited, jointly managed by the WBA and Council.
Area 5: Patterson Courts
This includes courts 9 – 12. These courts are important in the development of all sports and support a lot of multiple uses. These courts recognise the importance of sports participation.
Patterson Courts acknowledges Roy and Ruby Patterson, who were long standing members of badminton and founding members of table tennis. They were also instrumental in the development of the original Recreation Stadium at the site and the bringing together of all sports to the venue in the 1970’s after the State Government introduced grants for venues to be built for indoor sports.
The Recreation Centre opened in 1977 and was extended in 1982 fulfilling Roy’s dream of an indoor multi sports centre. This was the culmination of the work of local residents led by John Nicol, Roy and Ruby Patterson, and through their efforts in securing funding to develop the Centre.
Area 6: Top Spin Court
This area forms court 8 and is important to the stadium for many reasons. It is a completely enclosed court which supports multiple uses from table tennis, court sports and specialist sports such as goal ball and elite training.
Top Spin Court is synonymous with the Table Tennis Associations connection to the stadium and the association’s long standing commitment to the stadium. Top Spin also represents the movement forward of the work over many years to obtain this state-of-the-art stadium.
Area 7: Café Rec
The Café is a place of social connection and supports the operation of the site for all visitors and participants.
The name Café Rec considers the emotional and community connection to the stadium which has been fondly named the ‘Rec Centre’ in recent years. Café Rec also identifies this component as the social hub of the site to reflect and enjoy conversations with team mates, competitors and supporters.
Area 8: Garden of Generations
The Garden is a place of growth, nurturing and connection to nature.
Garden of Generations reflects the many people who have played, spectated, volunteered and grown up with the facility in their lives. It reflects the importance of all generations in the development of what is now Eagle Stadium. It also reflects the future generations who will benefit from the use of this great stadium.
FAQS- Eagle Stadium roof rectification works
The design works for the permanent solution to prevent water ingress at Eagle Stadium are complete. The construction works are out to tender and we will look to have a contractor on site to start the works as soon as this process is complete.
What have been some of the causes of the roof leaking?
Some of the sources of the roof leaking include leaking from the skylights, box gutters and roof panels.
Unfortunately, there is not one single cause of leaks, which is why we haven’t been able to fix the problems more easily.
What are the measures that are being put in place to fix the roof leaking?
We have sought the advice of an independent structural engineer to provide an expert opinion. He has recommended options to fix the roof permanently and Council has now called for tenders for a team to carry out those works.
Whilst the procurement for main contractor is underway, interim measures are in place to minimise the impact on our community. The measures we are undertaking involve ‘taping’ areas of the roof to prevent leaks.
Will the courts or the gym be closed to users while the (interim) works are underway?
We are working closely with Western Leisure Services (WLS) to minimise the impact on users and avoid disruptions to scheduled training and match fixtures.
What is council doing next to progress the permanent solution?
Design works for the permanent solution are complete. The works to the roof are expected to commence late 2021.
Will the costs be borne by ratepayers or the builder?
Our priority is to ensure the roof stops leaking permanently, and once the issue is resolved we will then consider steps to recoup costs.