State Netball Hockey Centre (also known as the State Netball and Hockey Centre) is a multipurpose sporting facility located in Melbourne, Australia. It is the home arena of the Melbourne Kestrels and Melbourne Phoenix netball teams and the Melbourne Tigers National Basketball League team. The facility is located in Royal Park, Parkville next to the Melbourne Zoo. The arena was opened on the 16 March,2001 and is run as a non-profit facility by the State Sport Centres Trust.
The centre consists of two outdoor hockey fields, four outdoor and five indoor netball courts.
In May 1998 funding for the project at $24.5 million by the Community Support Fund was approved at development was officially announced by the State Government. In February 1999 a revised budget of $27 million was accepted after a tender process found that the previous budget was too small, even after reducing the scope of the project. The approval for the Centre was fast-tracked so significant progress would be made so the venue could be assessed by the 2006 Commonwealth Games Evaluations Panel in mid-1999.The redevelopment of the facilities began in March 1999 and was planned to be completed by April 2000. Construction was completed in November 2000, and the facility was officially opened on March 16 2001 .
The redevelopment of the Park had seen objections from interest groups. In May 1999 legal action commenced against the redevelopment of Royal Park on the grounds that the development was inconsistent with the purpose of the Crown land reservation. Another issue was raised after concerns over the effects of the exterior lights on the surround areas, including the Melbourne Zoo.
The netball courts can be transformed to cater for basketball, volleyball, martial arts, concerts, indoor soccer and other indoor sports.
The centre has two “wet” hockey pitches with a grandstand between, providing seating for 1,000 spectators undercover on the main pitch and seating for 250 spectators on second pitch. The main pitch is surrounded by grassed seating areas which can accommodate temporary seating for up to 8,000 spectators.
The hockey pitches can be transformed to cater for lacrosse, gridiron, soccer, touch football and other outdoor sports.
During the NBL season the facility is used by the Melbourne Tigers and is nicknamed 'The Cage'. The Melbourne Tigers made the Centre their home in 2002 due to financial trouble and the high costs of hiring their previous home, Vodafone Arena.