The Australian Diamonds celebrate their 50-49 Test win against New Zealand's Silver Ferns in Canberra. Photo: Jay Cronan
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The ACT government is banking on a new indoor stadium to have the capacity for ''drop-in courts'' to ensure the capital can attract the best international fixtures across all sports in the future.
Canberra's sporting centenary celebration ended with a fitting Australia-New Zealand netball classic at the AIS Arena on Sunday.
The Diamonds Captain hugs a team mate after winning the Constellation Cup test at the AIS Arena. Photo: Jay Cronan
The 50-49 thriller was another chapter in the intense trans-Tasman rivalry, despite Australia having wrapped up the Constellation Cup before the match started.
It was the first Australia-New Zealand netball clash in Canberra and, while more than 3000 fans packed into the AIS Arena and a live-site set up at Canberra Stadium, it will be the last in the capital until a bigger venue is built.
ACT Sport Minister Andrew Barr's vision is to build a new rectangular stadium with a roof in Civic which would host ACT Brumbies, Canberra Raiders and A-League games.
Diamonds vs Silver Ferns
Crowds go wild as the Diamonds win the constellation cup over the Silver Ferns. Photo: Jay Cronan
It would also have the ability to host international netball, basketball and concerts, with the stadium configuration changing to accommodate traditional indoor sports at a venue with increased seating capacity.
''One of the major advantages of having a roof is that it is multipurpose and you can bring in a whole range of events,'' Mr Barr said. ''That's the legacy of the sporting centenary. We'll keep on working with Netball Australia on getting more netball content.
''But one of the challenges is the stadium and our thinking for a new stadium is to have the capacity for drop-in courts for netball and basketball.''
On Sunday, the crowd erupted in the dying minutes when Caitlin Bassett sank three goals in quick succession to lift Australia to a spine-tingling win.
The match was the last big-ticket item on the government's sporting program to celebrate Canberra's 100th birthday.
Tickets sold out within days but Netball Australia will stick to its more traditional venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide for blockbuster trans-Tasman matches.
However, Canberra could host Australia taking on Jamaica, Malawi or South Africa.
More details on the proposed new multipurpose venue in Civic are expected to be released in the coming months.
It would have a clear roof and be a new home for the Brumbies and Raiders to help keep crowds in the stands during Canberra's coldest months.
The project could cost more than $250 million and could be a hybrid design of Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin in New Zealand and AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Canberra has hosted international cricket, rugby league, netball, basketball, the Australian Open women's golf and the British and Irish Lions taking on the Brumbies.
It's unlikely they will return unless the government can provide the funding.
However, there are plans to host domestic Twenty20 Big Bash games next year and the Asian Cup soccer and cricket World Cup will arrive in the capital in 2015.
Barr pointed to plans to continue bidding for major sporting events to satisfy Canberra's sporting appetite.
''It's unlikely we'll have a year as big as 2013 for a long time,'' Barr said.
''We'll keep on taking these chances when these big events emerge - you've got to be in it to win it.
''The threshold questions of would the public support them and would the city get an economic and tourism benefit, would we get promotion from hosting them, have been answered with a resounding yes.
''That gives us confidence to keep bidding for these types of events.''