Blacktown Olympic Park comprises the NS W State Softball Centre, which was the main competition facility for Olympic softball events, the second Olympic baseball venue and training fields for baseball, athletics, throwing and jumping events. These facilities form a legacy for post-Olympic use by the Blacktown community and has been renamed Blacktown International Sportspark. Given the variety of the components and the requirement for both Olympic and future use, together with the tight programme for the project and the diversity of stakeholder input, master planning was an intensive process.
Michael Davies Architecture were chosen by the Olympic Coordination Authority to carry out master planning, design and documentation of the Blacktown Olympic Park.
Given the variety of the components which comprise the Blacktown Olympic Park and the requirement for future use, together with the tight programme for the project and the diversity of stakeholder input, master planning was an intensive process.
NSW State Softball Centre The NSW State Softball Centre comprises three diamonds, required in Olympic mode, with provision for a fourth diamond to be added in legacy mode. The fields are aligned in ‘wagon wheel’configuration with the main competition diamond having the optimum south-easterly orientation.
The stadium consists of three levels: Level 1 houses player amenities and facilities; Level 2 has offices for Softball NSW and spectator facilities; and Level 3 contains the boardroom and scorer positions. The 1,000-seat stadium is covered by an elegant and dramatic cantilever steel-framed roof and integrates into the landscape with the lowest level concealed in an earth mound providing equitable access. The function of the building as a spectator stadium necessitated an uninterrupted view of the field, hence the cantilevered roof structure solution which emphasises the building form and hovers like a giant insect over the seating. A feature of the roof is the triangular support structure connecting the columns to the beams. Paired struts accentuate the roof form and create an elegant colonnade surrounding the building.
Second Olympic Baseball Venue The Second Olympic Baseball Venue was the secondary facility for Olympic baseball events during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The venue was used for preliminary matches and as a training facility. The facility consists of one competition and two training fields, with provision for a fourth field to be added. The competition field has seating provided for 4,000 spectators in Olympic mode and 500 spectators in legacy mode. The building accommodates amenities, ticketing facilities, offices and controls rooms, and was designed to wrap around the field to enhance sightlines. Regional Athletics Centre - Olympic Athletics and Throws Training Facility These facilities consist of an 8-lane, synthetic running track incorporating a central area for sprints and jumps, with an amenities building and storage for equipment. Separate javelin, shotput and discus/hammer throwing facilities are also provided. The track provides a high standard regional facility in legacy mode and typical users include schools and local athletics clubs. Softball Venue for Paralympics A major car parking area was shaped to accommodate a single softball diamond for use by disabled softball players in wheelchairs.