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Wanangkura Stadium

History Of Wanangkura Stadium

Wanangkura Stadium (formerly known as Multi-Purpose Recreation Centre) is one of many partnership projects in Port Hedland aimed at providing high-quality community facilities as part of the Town’s growth into Pilbara’s Port City.

The $35 million project is funded by principal partners BHP Billiton Iron Ore, State Government’s Royalities for Regions Program, Pilbara Cities and Town of Port Hedland, and supporting partners Auzcorp and ESS Services.

Construction of the building commenced in September 2010 and has progressed in leaps and bounds. The Centre will be one of the premier sporting facilities in the Pilbara region, featuring an international-standard indoor stadium with seating capacity of up to 404, external netball/basketball courts, gym and fitness rooms, squash courts, kiosk facilities, creche, club changerooms and an upper level function area with views to the indoor stadium and the adjacent Kevin Scott Oval.

The first vitrified facade panels were installed in September 2011 and were manufactured and shipped to Port Hedland from China. The pattern represents the satellite image of a tropical cyclone - a tribute to the unique weather experienced in Port Hedland.

The club changerooms have been painted black and white in honour of the home football team, South Hedland Swans.

Upstairs is the function room, which spans the length of the indoor stadium with large windows facing the sports oval. The function room has a bar and will be installed with large flatscreen TV’s to provide the ultimate sports experience.

Offices and conference rooms are also located on the upper level, with floor to ceiling windows giving people inside a birds’ eye view of everything that is happening below.

Wanangkura Stadium is the first project of its kind in Port Hedland and will set a precedent for future sports and recreation developments in town and in WA.

From Vision...

With a population forecasted to increase by 2.5 times in the next 23 years, the Town of Port Hedland saw the need to build a sport and recreation facility which catered to people of all ages and sports of all types.

And the Multi-Purpose Recreation Centre project was born.

The vision was to create a space to celebrate one of the Town’s most popular activities: sport. The Centre would provide the local sporting community with a sense of place and identity. Community members of all ages, nationalities and sporting abilities could utilise the Centre for various purposes, whether it be competition matches, friendly games or concerts! It was important to keep in mind the varied working hours of the community - having a facility that could be accessed at all hours was a key component of Centre operation. Overall, the Multi-Purpose Recreation Centre would set the bar for future community facilities in Port Hedland and the Pilbara.

... To Reality

Upon first sight, the Centre is an oddity in the Port Hedland landscape. In a place where the colour palette is varying shades of red and orange, the contrasting blue and black facade makes you look twice.

As you get closer, you can’t help but be awed by the sheer size of the building and are excited to see what is inside. The Centre has open spaces allowing everyone to interact with each other no matter where they are in the building.

The Centre will redefine the culture of sport and forever impact its perception in the Pilbara.

The Location

Wanangkura Stadium is located in the heart of the Town’s sporting precinct. Adjacent to the Faye Gladstone Netball Courts, Kevin Scott Oval and Marie Marland Reserve, the Centre is ideally situated to maximise the public space and opportunities it presents. It is also within walking distance of the Pilbara Institute and Hedland Senior High School and within driving distance of the redeveloped South Hedland Town Centre.

The Building

In what can only be described as the most unique building in Port Hedland, project architects ARM Architecture designed the Centre to be a mirage - “a shimmering, rippling effect on an otherwise flat landscape”. The building is covered in black and blue vitrified facade panels, which on close inspection appear to have been installed at random but from a distance represents a cyclone pattern. LED lights are installed on the front facade and enhance the unique pattern and shape of the building at night.

The building spans an area of 4500 square metres and includes an international standard indoor stadium, gym and fitness rooms, creche, club changerooms, squash courts, kiosks, offices, conference rooms and an upper level function room. Externally, the building is covered in approximately 3955 vitrified enamel panels, which have been manufactured and delivered from China. The panels have been created to withstand the extreme Pilbara heat and also severe winds caused by tropical cyclones.

Funding Partners

Wanangkura Stadium is funded by:

Foundation Partners

  • Town of Port Hedland
  • BHP Billiton Iron Ore

Principal Partners

  • State Government's Royalties for Regions Program

Supporting Partners

  • Auzcorp
  • ESS Services

Fortescue Metals Group have joined as partners of the project, and will be funding the operations of the 24 hour gym over a five year period.

Official Opening Weekend Program

In partnership with BHP Billiton Iron Ore and State Government's Royalties for Regions program, the Town of Port Hedland held a sports-filled weekend to celebrate the completion of the Wanangkura Stadium.

Highlights included local sporting competitions, an exhibition match featuring the North-West Youth All Stars, the local derby on Saturday 28 July, basketball workshops with the Perth Wildcats, and the main attraction - an NBL game between the Perth Wildcats and Cairns Taipans on Sunday 29 July, following the official opening ceremony.

The opening of the Stadium was held in conjunction with the 2012 Spinifex Spree Carnival.



Town Of Port Hedland Media Releases

  • Preparations underway to Stadium Opening Read More
  • Video to show off Iconic Stadium to the World Read More

Other News

  • ARM Architecture website Read more
  • Multi-purpose recreation centre achieves practical completion - Pilbara Echo Read More
  • Architecture AU article Read More
  • Hedlines Community Newsletter - May 2012 Read More
  • Construction on track for Hedland's $32m sports centre - April 12 2011
  • Town of Port Hedland Council selects Doric to build $45m Multi-Purpose Recreation Centre - August 9 2012 Read More
  • Port Hedland set for city facelift - August 25 2010 Read More

New Recreation Centre Videos

  • Click here to view the promotional video for Wanangkura Stadium- see if you can spot some familiar faces!
  • Take a virtual tour of the New Recreation Centre.
  • Relive the excitement of the opening weekend of Wanangkura Stadium - click here to view the video.