TAKEOVER for Ballarat's newest indoor stadium is set to play out by the weekend.
The move, with Basketball Ballarat as stadium management, is the much-anticipated tip-off for a dream dating back more than a decade for the region's indoor sports.
Ballarat Sports and Events Centre's opening comes in what is a new golden age of Ballarat basketball.
Community participation in the sport is booming, particularly with an ease on court space to cut late night fixturing.
The city's marquee basketball teams are eyeing up play-offs in the inaugural NBL1 season - the Miners are out to lock in a top-two conference spot and Rush to firm up top-four footing. Both chances would be bolstered with wins against long-time rival Geelong Supercats at the Minerdome on Wednesday night.
Basketball Ballarat is preparing to celebrate heritage glory days with the 30th anniversary of the time the Miners slayed an Andrew Gaze-led Melbourne Tigers to win a Victorian Basketball Association championship as the first country team in the final.
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It is also 20 years since Ballarat Lady Miners (now Rush) defended its Victorian Basketball League title amid a decorated decade for the team.
Basketball Ballarat chief Peter Eddy said neither team would play NBL1 finals in the new stadium this season. Stadium management needs time to test the stadium for major events and this could not be done before play-offs.
The stadium is already allowing Ballarat to firm its stance as a major sporting city with national tournaments, starting with the under-14 club championships in late September, and the prospect to attract elite teams and events.
Retired Australian Diamond Julie Corletto is likely to be one of the first athletes to set foot on the new Ballarat courts. The tenacious defender is hosting a netball clinic on the BSEC's existing courts on Monday.
Courts will undergo a final seal at the weekend and, should they be ready, Corletto and junior netballers might have a test run.
Mr Eddy said everything was on track and ready for the takeover. Operations teams will move into the stadium next week as information technology and WiFi systems are made ready.
Scheduling is almost complete to allow community athletes to take to the new courts from July 15. This will be the first time netball and basketball matches can be played in the same Ballarat stadium simultaneously.
BSEC stage one is a $24 million project, delivering six new courts that includes a 3000-seat showcourt and community indoor focus. This is the city's first new stadium since the existing arena on the site was built in 1984.
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