Basketball courts

New basketball courts at a popular Northampton park near completion – approximate opening date revealed

New basketball courts are nearing completion at a popular Northampton park and an expected opening date has been revealed.

Plans for the renovation of the hippodrome’s basketball courts were approved by the council at the end of 2020, with 10 companion floodlights approved in March last year.

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) has invested £139,000 in installing new floodlights, new surface and line marking and replacement basketball and netball hoops. WNC funding was 50% funded by Sport England.

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The new hippodrome basketball courts will be free when they open

The facilities have been transformed from their previous tired appearance to a clean, colorful and fresh new look.

So what does this mean for the Northampton basketball community?

Martin Spencer of Basketball Northants praised the new facilities and thanked WNC and Sport England.

He said: “We have probably the biggest three-on-three community area with six courts in the country. The benefits of this court? It gives a place where players can play anytime until 9 p.m. with floodlights, without having to pay for the facilities, everything will be free, what could be better for the basketball community?

“We really appreciate the support we have received from WNC and Sport England. And a special mention to Advisor Jane Birch, she has been really supportive.”

Basketball Northants held an inaugural three-on-three tournament on July 31, starting at 12:30 p.m. It is hoped the facilities will be complete by then, Martin said.

For more information on the Basketball Northants 3-on-3 Tournament, click here.