Netball ACT fears the decision to close the AIS Arena will stifle its attempts to grow the sport in Canberra given there is no other venue available to host elite competition in the capital.
But Netball ACT boss David Marjoribanks says the organisation will push ahead with its five-year plan to build its own showcourt capable of hosting crowds of up to 3000.
Giants Netball was planning to schedule a Super Netball match in Canberra this season to fulfill the last year of a three-year arrangement with the ACT government.
Netball ACT had plans to ensure the competition returned in 2021 and beyond after forming a partnership with the Sunshine Coast Super Netball side, who were slated to play a game in Canberra next year.
The Australian Diamonds have also been regular visitors to the AIS Arena over the past decade and junior national teams have used the institute's facilities for training camps.
The prospect of the Diamonds, Giants or Sunshine Coast playing at all in the future is now in doubt after Sport Australia shut the Arena doors on Monday.
"For our sport, in terms of what we can attract to our city, it basically means that's not an option for us. There's simply nowhere to hold the games," Marjoribanks said.
"Realistically ... for me to attract a Super Netball club to give away one of their home matches to come to Canberra, you need a facility of at least [4000 people] size to make it viable for them.
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"With a view to our facility piece ... I've spoken to Netball Australia about what we need to provide to be able to potentially host games at the highest level. With the AIS Arena closing, we're not a chance now and there's no Plan B. That's very disappointing."
The Netball ACT has put a five-year plan in place as part of its vision for the future, which includes expanding its Lyneham headquarters.
The closure of the AIS Arena means netball doesn't have a facility capable of hosting more than a few hundred spectators. The National Convention Centre court dimensions are too small for a full-sized netball court.
The lack of a high-quality venue would also end any hopes Canberra had of helping Australia's bid to host the 2027 netball World Cup, which was launched on Tuesday.
"We've just gone into a new strategic planning cycling for 2020-25. One of our objectives is to have work commenced on that venue project within that planning period," Marjoribanks.
"We're at ground level at the moment in terms of if it all. I'm just about to go through a process of looking at feasibility studies and things of that nature. But we certainly know what it is we're looking to achieve and we want to get that process started so we can facilitate those matches at the highest level."
It's unclear if the Giants will be required to postpone the last year of their Canberra deal, but returning to the city hinges on the Arena's future.