Swifts midcourter Maddy Proud said the new facility, when completed, would be a game-changer for Australian netball.
“It’s a dream come true for both teams, and for netball in NSW and Australia,” Proud said.
“To now have a place to call home in Olympic Park, which is an amazing place to be in, it’s very exciting. It shows that sport and netball is heading in the right direction in NSW.
“We’ll be able to accommodate up to 10,000 fans, so hopefully everyone who wants to come will be able to. It’s going to be amazing.
“The Quay Centre is great, we love playing there because it’s a sell-out, it’s loud and the fans love it.
“But it also means there are fans sitting at home that would have loved to be there. We always loved playing at Qudos as well, it’s one of the best stadiums in the country, but you’re fighting with other sports and there’s a different concert every second night.
“I’d be willing to give it up for Justin Bieber but not some of the others.”
The NSW government has committed more than $2 billion towards upgrading Sydney’s ageing stadia network, but only recently made a $50 million commitment to redevelop the Tennis Centre.
Giants netball defender Sam Poolman welcomed the initiative.
“I think it’s really exciting and it will obviously take a lot of hard work from a lot of people to put something like that together,” Poolman said.
“We’ve shared three venues and we found that our fans and our members certainly created a home, but for us to have an actual home venue that we can call our own for next year is something that is really exciting.”
Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald added: “It’s so exciting to go over there and visualise the plans for the stadium and know that it’s only one more season and we’ll be able to play there. It’s really invigorating.”
Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.