Call to upgrade WIN Entertainment Centre after leaking roof stops play

The call to fund a refurbishment of the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong has grown louder after a final home game of the season was called off mid-match due to a leaking roof.

The basketball game between The Hawks the New Zealand Breakers was abandoned with three minutes remaining after rain leaked through the roof and onto the court.

Speaking to the Illawarra Mercury Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the incident was “highly embarrassing”.

“We’ve been pleading for the refurbishment to be done for ages,” he said.

“This just highlights the continued neglect of the centre.

“One of the most basic needs for a building is a secure, dry shelter from rain – a working roof is essential.”

Wollongong state Labor MP Paul Scully said he would taking the matter up with the NSW Government.

“This is the result of a decade without investment under the current government,” he told the Mercury.

The cost of a refurbishment is estimated to be about $70 million.

Venues NSW CEO Paul Doorn said they will investigate the issue and “work to resolve it as soon as possible”.