Liz Ellis says there is a massive problem with stadiums in NSW

Former Australian netball captain and current Channel 9 commentator Liz Ellis says there is a massive problem with professional stadiums in New South Wales.

The two Sydney based teams in the Suncorp Super Netball Competition, NSW Swifts and GWS Netball currently call Qudos Arena home, a stadium with a capacity of 18,000.

Ellis says it is disgraceful there is nothing smaller to accommodate.

“I can’t believe New South Wales put themselves out there as a state that wants to be a premier entertainment and tourism destination and we don’t have anything in between a 3,500 seat stadium which is too small and 18,000 where teams lose money,” she told Weekend Afternoons.

“Netball, basketball and tennis would benefit massively from a new stadium.”

The Grand Final between Sunshine Coast Lightning and West Coast Fever in Perth attracted a crowd just over 13,000.

Winning 62-59, Sunshine Coast Lightning have now won the past two seasons having only joined the new competition in 2016.

Ellis says their season this year was extraordinary.

“They had three losses in a row at the start of the year, they were really in danger of missing the finals.

“They finished in fourth spot and rode their luck all the way.”