Originally opened in 2000, and redeveloped in 2014 to the tune of $41 million ILT Stadium Southland is cutting edge. The venue is world class, multipurpose and capable of hosting a wide range of events including conferences, exhibitions and trade shows.
Much more than a venue, we are the heart of the Southern community and home to 12 sporting organisations and utilised by all sectors of the wider Southland community - recreational, sporting, cultural, corporate and entertainment of all genres.
A diverse range of internationally-acclaimed shows – from Hi 5 to Billy Connolly – have performed in our venue, which has also hosted numerous national and provincial events, including craft shows, boat shows, exhibitions and trade shows as well as high profile events such as a gala dinner with Nigella and the Joseph Parker - Road to the Title fight.
Our versatile facility incorporates the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome, which opened in 2006 as New Zealand's first indoor velodrome.
Located in our very spacious foyer area are four squash courts as well as Clip n Climb that has 15 climbing walls to keep the young and young at heart entertained.
Ideally located in the heart of the Surrey Park Sports Centre, ILT Stadium Southland is just 10 minutes from Invercargill Airport and five minutes from the city centre’s shops, restaurants and cafes.
A wide range of accommodation options are nearby including the Ascot Park Hotel, and there is ample car parking on site.
Adjacent to the main ILT Stadium Southland complex, the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome is New Zealand’s first 250 metre international indoor cycling velodrome. The velodrome was officially opened in May 2006 by then Prime Minister Helen Clark – and has been in use every day since then.
Of world-class standard, it features permanent seating for 1064 with views available all around the fully carpeted concourse. In the middle of the cycling track is a pillar-less flat floor area of 2195 square metres comprising of three full-size multi-sport courts with a Rebound Ace surface. Motorised nets surround the courts which allow for the track and courts to be utilised at the same time.
The SIT Zero Fees Velodrome is also home to the Mike Piper Training Centre, an initiative of Academy Southland. A training facility in the centre of the velodrome where all three local sporting franchises, the Southland Stags, the Southern Steel and the Southland Sharks are able to train. This facility is also used by Southland's up and coming talented athletes.