State Basketball Centre

The State Basketball Centre on a sunny day. The upper pavilion is light grey steal cladding in a modern interpretation of the sawtooth. A black angled canopy creates a strong entryway with red heritage brickwork with an extruded 'ripple' detail anchoring the building at the base.

The State Basketball Centre in South Australia is the official ‘home for basketball’—a centre of excellence for high-performance sports programs in South Australia. The Centre boasts four courts to expand the Wayville Sports Centre to seven, including an International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Level 1-rated show court. It can accommodate up to 1600 spectators and bridges the gap between elite and community sports.

The State Basketball Centre’s design is focused on flexibility, accommodating the high standard requirements of a diverse stakeholder group. It caters to the needs of local, district, state, and national basketball teams, transforming from practice modes and tournaments to an international standard exhibition hall for the Royal Adelaide Show Dog Competition, held annually in September. 

The Centre functions as Adelaide Lightning’s training base, providing the facilities the national league requires. Basketball SA, Country Basketball, SA Wheelchair Basketball, and SA Church Basketball programs run from the same venue. In addition to its elite overlay, the centre encourages higher participation rates for grassroots sports by providing community players access to the same high-performance facilities as professional players.

Kaurna Country
Wayville, South Australia
Basketball SA, Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA
Project Contact
Ben Luppino
Simon Bennett
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The stadium has a black canopy with light ply cladding on the walls at the court level. Basketball teams play a practice match on the high gloss maple court with an umpire in the foreground watching the game.

Establishing places and spaces that support movement, play and performance is a vital component in helping us achieve our vision of being an active and inclusive state.

Katrine Hildyard
Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing 

Barrier-free design enables participation in sports for all

The State Basketball Centre’s barrier-free design provides inclusive, adaptable facilities that promote diversity and participation in sports and create a welcoming environment for all, regardless of abilities or limitations. Wheelchair sports users have accessible restrooms and a Changing Places facility with specialised fixtures to assist with mobility. A sensory room supports the needs of neurodiverse centre users or people affected by noises, smells, lights and crowds and provides a respite for showgoers and spectators alike.

The entry and spectator foyer features a criss cross of LED strip lighting that replicates a basketball net. People wait in the foyer, walking the space and sitting on cafe tables.
The cafe and bar in the spectator foyer provides seating and refreshments for the public. A person serves a customer from the counter. Two young boys sit at the cafe tables enjoying a soft drink. Another young person walks up the corridor holding a basketball. The bar features black gloss tiling.
The sensory room enables sense-sensitive or neurodivergent spectators to take a break from the light, noise and crowds courtside. The room provides a window to the courts and a screen showing the matches in progress. A group of people sit on chairs watching the match. A deep purple carpet features a pattern replicating court markings.
Clean and minimal change facilities provide ample space for accessibility. Kids sit with their basketballs, talking and drinking from water bottles on the light coloured timber benches.

We can also provide a safe, clean and comfortable space in the dedicated sensory room and Changing Places facility for our visitors, ensuring everyone can have a great day at the Show.

William Rayner
Chief Executive Officer, Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA

An identity that reflects its use and surrounds

The extruded red brickwork provides a dynamic pattern inspired by a basketball game’s rhythm and highlights the heritage values of the existing brickwork throughout the showgrounds. The ‘rippling’ bricks create an active play of light and shadow across the building during the day, leading the eye to the main entry lobby and weaving together old and new building sections. The building envelope is a modern interpretation of the sawtooth design in surrounding buildings and pavilions. The upper facade is illuminated with colour at night to form a vibrant backdrop during the Royal Adelaide Show and acts as wayfinding for feature basketball events. 

Detail of extruded heritage red brickwork that provides a dynamic pattern inspired by a basketball game's rhythm. The bricks appear to 'ripple' with the play of light and shadow on the building.
A carnival spirit is in this shot at night. Showground sideshows are installed adjacent to the building which is lit up in pinks, purples, blues and green light projected on the canopy. The building name is LED backlit and glows warm white together with the cross hatched lighting of the entry foyer.
The upper facade is illuminated with colour at night to form a vibrant backdrop during the Royal Adelaide Show and acts as wayfinding for feature basketball events

Efficient and sustainable design

Responding to a challenging budget, the design team focused on efficiency, undertaking extensive feasibility testing with consultants to provide the most efficient services and structural systems. New technologies, including hybrid evaporative cooling developed in South Australia, are integrated into the building, promoting local industry and reducing whole-of-life operational costs. Materials were chosen for their technical properties, including durability, acoustic insulation, and thermal efficiency. The court’s flooring is industry-best-practice North American maple. Where available, the project uses local products and minimises waste to reduce the building’s carbon footprint. LED illuminates the building throughout, and the centre connects to the showground’s sustainability systems that collect and store water and harness solar energy.

Female basketballers in pink uniforms crouch at the goals as a penalty shot is thrown by a player. An umpire stands by refereeing the match on the maple lined courts.
The courts are converted to host the Royal Adelaide Show Dog Competition. Spectators sit in blue tiered seating watching owners and dogs walking the arena. The maple flooring is covered with green synthetic turf and the arena is fenced in white pickets.
The courts are converted during the Royal Adelaide Show to host an international standard Show Dog Competition

The State Basketball Centre promotes excellence in sports and ensures that everyone, regardless of ability or background, can experience its facilities and programs. The Centre has become a valuable resource for the state, bringing people together, fostering a sense of belonging and connection and inspiring the next generation of elite athletes.

The State Basketball Centre (SBC) is an investment in community and wellbeing, belonging and social connection. It’s far more than infrastructure; the SBC provides a place and platform for basketball to shape and positively influence lives.

Wade Burns
Chairperson, Basketball South Australia Commission

Amie Blanden

Senior Interior Designer, Adelaide

Isabelle Neubauer

Architect, Adelaide

Kane Fechner

Architect, Adelaide