Grand opening for sports centre (NZ)

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The $47.5 million ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie opens on Saturday with thousands expected to visit the new centre.

The 12-courts at the indoor sports centre will host a different sport throughout the opening day including netball, basketball and futsal.

For its first few weeks the venue will be used as an indoor training centre for all the teams based in or around Wellington during the Rugby World Cup. However once the cup is over, the centre will be used almost exclusively for community sport.

ASB is paying $2.5 million for the naming rights for centre. The bank has agreed to pay $250,000 a year for 10 years.

Wellington City Council is encouraging people to use public transport, to cycle or to walk to the opening day to help avoid traffic congestion in the Kilbirnie area.

There will be a free bus shuttle running between Wellington Railway Station and the centre, starting at 9.30am and running every half hour until 2pm. The shuttle will stop at all bus stops along route number 2 (via Mt Victoria and Hataitai).

BRAND NEW: Craig Hutchings, Centre Manager at the new ASB Indoor Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, opening Saturday. Picture by John Nicholson.

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