Entertainment centre receives $10K facelift

Rodney Stevens

FACILITIES at the Grafton Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre have been upgraded in a bid to attract major events to the region . Clarence Valley Council Manager Business Brad Crispin said almost $10,000 had been spent on renovations which will be used in this Saturday??s Commonwealth Bank Trophy netball game between the Hunter Jaegers and the Perth Orioles. Mr Crispin said the upgrades include the expansion of a doorway, installation of in-floor netball goal mounting hardware and lighting. ??We are responding to a call from the community to attract these sort of events to our area as opposed to neighbouring cities,?? he said. ??The works we have been doing are to accommodate that event and if it is successful similar types of events in the future.?? Mr Crispin said Clarence Valley Council has partnered with the Grafton Showground Trust to provide tiered seating for the game. ??The modifications we made to the door were to give access to the grandstand from the showground,?? he said. ??We want to raise the awareness to all sports of the venue and its ability to cater for 2000 patrons under cover.?? Mr Crispin said the Hunter Jaegers selected Grafton from a number of regional cities to hold the game. ??The Jaegers elected to have the game at Grafton because our facility was of an adequate size and they recognised the number of netballers in the area,?? he said. ??Council hopes to secure this as an annual event for Grafton.?? Mr Crispin said the indoor facility which regularly plays host basketball, futsal, netball, roller hockey, badminton, volleyball and archery and recently hosted an opera performance by Carmen hope to branch out beyond hosting sport. ??Another market we will be looking to get into is the trade show market,?? he said. The Jaegers will making an in-store appearance at McDonald??s South Grafton on Saturday, April 28, at 10 am. Tickets for the game can be bought from the Grafton Regional Indoor Sports and Entertainment Centre, phone 6641?4200.



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