Artificial hockey surfaces came to Australia in 1979, with the opening of the “Astroturf” stadium at the Curtin University campus in Perth. Since then other artificial surfaces have been established in Western Australia – in Perth and the Country Regional areas – including Kalgoorlie. Artificial surfaces today are the prime surface for National and International matches and continue to grow throughout the Country.
The stadium and the surface was designed by professional engineers and architects, in conjunction with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Eastern Goldfields Hockey Association. Emphasis was placed on the quality of the surface itself, and this continues today, so that the region would be able to boast the one of the finest such surface in Western Australia. The project was completed at the end of 1990.
Located in Lionel Street, halfway between Kalgoorlie and Boulder and close to three major schools. Spectators are catered for by a raised viewing mound, stadium seating areas, full Clubhouse facilities, securely fenced and attractively landscaped. The Clubhouse has had multi-use from School Exams to major Social or Fundraising events of community groups.
The hockey fraternity supplied their contribution to this project by way of a self-supporting loan, self-help construction and commercial sponsorship. The entire facility, including the land is owned by the City Council and leased to the Eastern Goldfields Hockey Association.
This facility has enable Hockey to become a year-round sport on the Goldfields Hockey Stadium. In addition, the facility has also become a multi-sport facility with the participation over the summer months through seven-a-side soccer and Summer Social Hockey. Has also been used by other groups over time such as Kanga cricket and local schools.
The stadium has also seen visiting teams from China, Japan alongside the State National Hockey Team - Perth Thundersticks - and the National Women’s team – The Hockeyroos - and is expected to continue in the future.
Ongoing assessments of facilities of the stadium development continue to meeting the requirements for community users and towards strengthening hockey on the Goldfields and remain arguably among the leaders in Country Hockey of Western Australia that are always being maintained.
Thanks to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder continuing support (by funding one-third of the 2017 turf replacement) so members can continue to enjoy a first-class facility for the sport of hockey on the Goldfields.
This magnificent civic facility is not only the leader in the local community but has become a centerpiece for Goldfields Sporting Action.