In the early 80’s the Takapuna City Council earmarked the site on which the centre is now situated after an approach by a representative group of sports, basketball, gymnastics, archery, wrestling and tabletennis to name but a few.
As a consequence the North Shore Stadium Trust was formulated in the mid 80’s with representatives drawn from basketball and gymnastics making up the bulk of the initial trustees. An architect was given user group specifications of most sports and asked to complete initial drawings which briefed up at $8million. Many hours were spent seeking the corporate dollar but the crash of 87 put paid to those aspirations.
In 1990 with the advent of the one council on the North Shore, an approach from Trust had Council agree to contribute the bulk of the funding required and the Trust then gained additional funds from Lottery Board and ASB Charitable Trust.”
The North Shore Stadium Trust Board was formed in 1986 to initiate the building of the North Shore Events Centre.
The Events Centre was opened in September 1992 and was operated by the North Shore City Council under the auspices of the Stadium Trust Board.
The venue opened in September 1992. Total cost was $6million – Council 4.5m, NZ lottery Board 1m,ASB Trust .5m
Highlights would be the sheer variety of events that have been hosted over the years – Concerts (from The Seekers to Green Day and Metallica), horseshows, sports of all kinds (including netball and basketball internationals, U19 World basketball championships, international table tennis and badminton tournaments), dinner banquets including the Fight for Life event (featuring somersaulting motorbikes one year), circus events, expos. A truly multipurpose venue.
In January 1998 the ownership, management, operation and development of the facility were transferred from North Shore City Council to the North Shore Events Centre Trust Board (formerly the North Shore Stadium Trust Board).
The formation of Auckland Council in 2010 resulted in the North Shore Events Centre being included under the umbrella of Regional Facilities Auckland (an Auckland Council CCO). The Trust Board continues ownership and responsibility for the operation of the venue.