KET
Years ago

Kings to lose home

The Sydney Entertainment Centre will be demolished and the Convention and Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour closed for up to three years as the precinct undergoes a $1 billion makeover.

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I'm not sure if it will be suitable for basketball with the new building - if so it might have roughly 8,000 capacity? Nonetheless that's probably a minimum of 2-3 seasons that the Kings will have to find a new home for!

So we have to consider the options:
There's Sydney Olympic Park where Razorbacks used to play. But it's a small and pathetic "stadium" and it's quite far away from the city.

Sydney Super Dome where the Kings have played before, however it's probably too large, expensive...and it's also in the Olympic precinct (again, bad location).

Any others?

This is pretty bad for Sydney fans, the organisation and the NBL i'd say.




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LC  
Years ago

Read about this prospect a few weeks ago. Bad news for Sydney IMO. Do they take their games to the regions instead to garner increased support and connections with grass roots? Maybe a combination of that and a new temporary home?

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HoldenV8  
Years ago

Most likely move would be to either venue at Homebush though neither are desirable as they've done that before and it hasn't worked.

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Wookiee  
Years ago

There was talk last season when this first got brought up that the parking lot adjacent to the SEC would be ripped down first and then have something built there for them to use, but it's very worrying that nothing like that was mentioned in this latest round of stories...

Hopefully KK will be able to get in there and sort it out ;)

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HO  
Years ago

This could be a franchise killing redevelopment.

Losing momentum gained at SEC would be incredibly worrying.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

i've been to a game at the old Razorback home and it is TERRIBLE!

poor stadium, poor facilities and really hard to get to! As a tourist, we either had a ferry + bus option or train with a stop & change over... plus add a bit of a walk on top of both

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natwhereyouat  
Years ago

Move them to the Central Coast/Newcastle for 3 years, like the Hornets did with Katrina.

Kind of joking, but, would be interesting to see what people thought of the idea. Because in reality, this will kill the Kings if they move to the old Razorbacks stadium.

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Wildcat Fan  
Years ago

Its not a great situation, but its not all doom and gloom either. If its only a temporary base, then the Kings can tough it out for a few seasons. The same thing happened to the Wildcats when they were forced to move to Challenge after the PEC closed (Only 10 years later we move back into the city). Everyone hated that at first, and while it took a few years to get used to it, Challenge has recently become a great venue - if not a bit small. Maybe the Kings can create a similar feel at Homebush.

Dont forget, stadium redevelopments are not new. The Swans are going through it now at the SCG. Their capacity is capped at 20,000, while half the stadium is under construction. Thats also not a good look on TV, and the atmoshphere at the game cant be great.

Just have to tough it out next couple of seasons. At least you wont have to wait 10 years like Perth!

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Wookiee  
Years ago

lol... yeah, because basketball has thrived up that way ;)

Hopefully David Wolf and crew have been hard at work finding alternatives, as really, there's no other options... I don't actually mind the stadium of the old Razorbacks, it's a bit ordinary, but back in the old Pigs vs Kings days it got REAL noisy which was great, but the location and how hard it is to get to and the lack of any sort of facilities is ridonkulous...

I wish they made the most of the new developments around Redfern technology park area and built a good stadium fitting 5-6K, it would have been ideal...

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natwhereyouat  
Years ago

Is there anything at Redfern? I haven't seen the technology park at all..

Only thing with moving out west, be it for only 3 years, is that the Kings will lose a core base of fans. People that don't live in Sydney or been around Sydney enough, don't realise how far away the western suburbs are to travel to. You can't even really make a night of it by hitting the pubs and clubs afterwards because there isn't that many.

Besides, west Sydney is a gang land lately.

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CurtLey  
Years ago

Natwhereyouat homebush is actually geographically the centre of metropolitan Sydney and takes 20mims to drive to from the CBd but yes it's devoid of any restaurants or pubs and you need to get a special train to go there, it's not on the normal train line. If Murdoch hadn't built fox studios (which has now been turned into a film and tv school because no one went there) the Olympic precinct was going to be built next to the scg.

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natwhereyouat  
Years ago

20min drive? That all? Actually faster to drive than it is to train it!

People that usually catch a train from the shire to a Kings game, would be much harder to get to home bush. I've done it a few times, usually have to change at Redfern, then again at Flemington. If you're unlucky sometimes there is a bus in between.

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paul  
Years ago

Is SSC cheap to hire?

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Jinga84  
Years ago

It will be the State Sports Centre. Done deal.

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Woody Venkat  
Years ago

100% will be at homebush at the old razorback dome

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pwned  
Years ago

The Kings will die at homebush, it's such a punish to get to and park. Two franchises have died in that building.

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KET  
Years ago

Not to mention it's a genuinely crap basketball stadium. Perfect for gymnastics and the like, but it's a pathetic little thing even by NBL standards.

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bootleg87  
Years ago

20mins to homebush from the city!!!! not likely unless your on a motorbike. i live in ultimo which is the suburb next to the cbd and on a good run ill say 35mins is the best you could do. but most times during the day it would be 45mins. If it was a 7pm game on a friday and your trying to get out there in peak hour than that could balloon out to 1 and a half hours maybe more.

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