CANBERRA Capitals and Canberra United would consider playing home matches at University of Canberra if its planned sporting hub featured mid-capacity venues sorely lacking in the capital.
Capital Football chief executive Heather Reid has long lobbied for a stadium capable of holding three to four thousand people, filling the gap between its 2000-capacity McKellar Park base and Canberra Stadium.
The Capitals usually attract between 1000 and 1500 people for regular season games at the 4500-capacity AIS Arena, which can lack atmosphere. ''If UC was to develop a court with that mid-size capacity, we would definitely look to forge that as a home base for the Capitals away from the AIS Arena,'' Basketball ACT chief executive Tony Jackson said.
''You may play some blockbuster or finals games at the AIS, but in terms of regular season games we need something different.
''If UC includes a showcourt it would be attractive to play the Caps out of there, at the right price.
''It's a huge jump from community courts to 4500 seats. [ACT sports minister] Andrew Barr has identified that's what Canberra's missing - a multi-facet mid-range venue which could cater for a lot of things.''
The need for a mid-range facility was evident when Canberra United's 2011-12 W-League grand final win over Brisbane at McKellar Park sold out in quick time.
''There's an absence of any facility where we could reasonably fit four to five thousand people in comfort,'' Reid said.
''If the university was to do a redevelopment [including that], it's very attractive.''