Research reveals stadium site
A report looking at the need for a new multi-purpose indoor stadium has identified the Matamata Domain as the best location.
But the group heading the stadium initiative, Matamata Futures Trust, listed its preference as Bedford Park.
These two options, along with Matamata College and Swap Park, were researched as potential sites for the stadium by specialist local government consultancy, Giblin Group.
The trust commissioned Giblin Group to complete the work and the results, which showed support for a stadium, were shared with Sport Waikato and MatamataPiako mayor Jan Barnes.
Giblin Group believed the Matamata Domain was ‘‘a clear preference’’ for people and groups it interviewed for the research report.
‘‘The site provides potential for the development of a community hub due to its central location,’’ its report stated.
‘‘Locating a new stadium on site with the sport centre/pool complex maximises potential usage and, along with the other existing codes there, provides a ‘one stop shop’ of sporting and recreational activities for the community.’’
Matamata Futures preferred Bedford Park because of its access to Matamata College, visibility from the main road, ability to join or provide access to Swap Park via the railway reserve.
It was an existing, well-used facility.
The report said the new stadium should include two indoor courts, shared social spaces, changing rooms, toilets and equipment storage.
Those consulted were asked to identify who, and what type of activities they saw as potentially being held in a new stadium.
Potential codes and users included netball, rugby, basketball, table tennis, badminton, indoor bowls, football, futsal, gymnastics, cricket, touch and volleyball.
‘‘There is substantial demand for use of the facility for wider community activities, such as cul- tural performances, conferences and seminars and club social activities,’’ the report said.
People also wanted the facility to be used for programmes to engage young people.
Giblin Group recommended Matamata Futures work with Sport Waikato and MatamataPiako District Council to form a project group to discuss a funding plan and costs of the project.
Matamata Domain, one of four sites being considered for a new multi-purpose sports complex.