Home of Queensland Firebirds to be called Nissan Arena

Firebirds Head Coach Roselee Jencke, Minister for Sport, the Hon. Mick de Brenni, Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark, Dale Robbins - Nissan Australia, General Manager, Northern Region, Queensland Firebird Macy Gardner at Nissan Stadium
From left: Firebirds Head Coach Roselee Jencke, Minister for Sport, the Hon. Mick de Brenni, Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark, Dale Robbins - Nissan Australia, General Manager, Northern Region, Queensland Firebird Macy Gardner

Melbourne, Australia (25 October, 2019) – One of Australian netball’s most important supporters, Nissan is proud to expand its national interest in the sport by securing naming rights of the Queensland State Netball Centre for the next three years.

To be called Nissan Arena, the new indoor sports stadium features a sunken show court with a 5,000 seat capacity and is home to Suncorp Super netball team the Queensland Firebirds, as well as Netball Queensland.

Nissan Arena is an extension of Nissan’s investment and support of netball in Queensland. Nissan Australia has been the official automotive partner of Netball Queensland and the Queensland Firebirds for the past three years.

Nissan also owns the naming rights for the Queensland Cup and the Queensland Youth Championships, events that support grass roots netball across the state.

“Nissan Arena is the centre piece of netball in Queensland, and we are proud to be associated with this wonderful new venue and the wide assortment of teams that will call these courts home,” said Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester.

“Nissan is committed to netball. Netball for Nissan is not just about national or Super netball teams, our focus is on the community. These fantastic facilities will be enjoyed by many athletes of different standards, helping personal development and to foster a further love of the game.”

In addition to the centre court, there are an additional eight hard courts, plus a gymnasium, high-performance training facilities and premium dining and recreation options.

These new facilities cater to local clubs, through to elite teams across netball and basketball, and further indoor sporting events and entertainment.

“Netball Queensland and Nissan Australia have enjoyed a strong partnership focused on growing the sport of netball in Queensland and this sponsorship takes that relationship to the next level,” said netball Queensland chief executive officer Catherine Clarke.

“Nissan Arena offers fans a full and glorious spectator experience, with a world-class stadium and premium facilities to enhance the thrill of game day.”

In addition to Nissan’s investment in Queensland netball, Nissan Australia is also the major partner and official automotive partner of Netball Australia, Suncorp Super Netball and the national side – the Australian Diamonds.

Nissan supports six of the eight Super Netball teams; these being the NSW Giants, NSW Swifts, Melbourne Vixens, West Coast Fever and the Firebird’s state rival, the Sunshine Coast Lightning. Nissan also partners with every state and territory netball association.

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