The WEC / The Sandpit
WIN Entertainment Centre as seen from Lang Park (April 2018)
|Former names||Wollongong Entertainment Centre|
|Location||Corner of Crown & Harbour Streets, Wollongong, NSW 2520|
|Owner||Wollongong Sportsground Trust, Pty Ltd.|
Reduced mode: 1,000-3,000
|Record attendance||5,839 - 18 February 2005, Wollongong Hawks vs Sydney Kings NBL|
|Opened||5 September 1998|
|Architect||NSW Government Architect|
|Illawarra Hawks (NBL) (1998-present)|
Every year the WIN Entertainment Centre holds the Wakakirri Story Dance Wollongong heat, Southern Stars and also a variety of concerts and expos.
The building was designed by the New South Wales Government Architect.
The venue is the home of the Illawarra Hawks who play in the Australasian-based National Basketball League (NBL). During Hawks games it is referred to as "The Sandpit" in reference to being next to the beach. It is also a play on name of the Hawks former home, the Beaton Park Stadium, which was commonly known as "The Snakepit". The Hawks, known from 1979 to 1998 as the Illawarra Hawks, are the only original club left in the NBL.
The record attendance for an event at the WIN Centre is 5,839, set on 18 February 2005, when the Hawks played their regular season finale against the Sydney Kings.
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