Mackay Basketball junior development co-ordinator Lukass Blicavs with the old seating at the Juliet Street stadium.
Mackay Basketball junior development co-ordinator Lukass Blicavs with the old seating at the Juliet Street stadium.

Date set for Mackay basketball grandstand upgrade

IT WILL be close, but Joel Khalu is confident the long-awaited grandstand upgrade at The Crater will be complete by the time the Meteors and Meteorettes hit the court on April 25.

With the NBL1 North fixture finalised, the timeline has been set.

Scaffolding and steelwork will arrive in February and construction will begin in earnest in March.

"We won't have any pre-season games here only because we won't have the venue for it," Khalu said.

"We have to make sure the grandstand is ready to go by April 25. It's a tight schedule but we're confident we'll get it done."

It will make Mackay Basketball Stadium the "biggest stadium in the league" in terms of capacity, and Khalu cannot wait to watch The Crater rocking.

"That grandstand is the last piece of the facility puzzle for us on that side of the stadium," Khalu said.

"Having that done as a 300-seat grandstand, purpose built with corporate boxes will be huge.

"Storage space, merchandise area, bar area … it will make our stadium look cleaner, newer and ready."

Ready for 1200 Mackay fans to pack in for the inaugural NBL1 North competition.

"It's another cherry for Mackay Basketball to say we're setting the benchmark with facilities, and aiming to set the benchmark on the court and in community engagement off the court."