With the Bendigo Spirit closing in on its first-ever grand final appearance, the WNBL club is campaigning to raise the $60,000 it needs to potentially host the game.
If Bendigo wins Sunday’s home second semi-final against Dandenong it will earn the right to host the match at Bendigo Stadium.
But Basketball Australia (BA) requires the host venue to seat at least 3000, leaving the Spirit to pay for 1200 temporary seats to meet that number.
More than half the money has been pledged, with $25,000 from Bendigo Stadium and $10,000 from the City of Greater Bendigo.
Spirit chairman Jeremi Moule is “pretty confident” of getting the green light from BA if the remaining funds can be raised.
Federal Liberal Party candidate for Bendigo Greg Bickley has put in $2000, while Bendigo Community Telco has also chipped in.
A venue decision is expected soon and the Spirit still needs the help of local businesses.
“(We’re) calling on other businesses in Bendigo to make a contribution if they’d like to support us,” Mr Moule said. “From a team perspective clearly playing at home here in Bendigo is a massive advantage.”
CoGB mayor Lisa Ruffell compared the WNBL grand final to the Grace Kelly exhibition for its promotion of Bendigo.
To support the Spirit contact Jeremi Moule on 0419384201 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jess Lee on 0427997675 or at email@example.com