Future netball court options under discussion
A handful of Saturday netball games might be played inside Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 if all goes to plan.
Marlborough District Council, Stadium 2000 and Marlborough Netball have been discussing the future of netball courts in Marlborough, after a proposal to the council brought up the possibility of laying new courts in the southern car park of Stadium 2000.
Council reserves and amenities manager Rosie Bartlett said they had been discussing options with Marlborough Netball and Stadium 2000.
"The stadium is quite happy with netball using the courts on Saturday to relieve some of the pressure on the Horton Park courts.
"Council can now defer the sealing of the two courts at Horton Park until a feasible study is done . . . it would be a shame to spend the money if it wasn't needed."
Council needed to work with Marlborough Netball to establish the best outcome for everyone long-term, she said.
"Cost will be a big thing - new courts versus upgrading Horton Park."
If the long-term plan involved netball being moved to Lansdowne Park, other codes would have to be consulted, Bartlett said.
"So one is cost, one is configuration and one is how many other people will be using it."
The study was expected to take about a year, she said. Once completed, council would ask a third party, possibly Netball New Zealand, for their impartial views, she said.
Marlborough Netball board chairwoman Lynette Rayner said they were still in the discussion phase with Stadium 2000.
"We've made some great progress but we haven't yet decided. We hope to be playing some netball inside on Saturday."
Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 chief executive Paul Tredinnick said Marlborough Netball would be booking the stadium time on Saturday like any other normal sports team. "They are intending to run some games there [and that is] my understanding, because a couple of their courts aren't up to standard."
No sports team had a permanent booking for the indoor courts on Saturday mornings, Tredinnick said.
The southern car park was just a short-term option if more space was needed, he said.
The Marlborough Express