PARRAMATTA’S home of sport and entertainment will feature early starts and alfresco dining with the opening of Hoops Coffee House outside Bankwest Stadium.
As the City of Parramatta comes alive this summer, the new seven-days-a-week café next to the basketball courts and playground area on O’Connell Street adds another dimension to the popular community space.
Member for Parramatta and Acting Minister for Sport, Dr Geoff Lee MP, attended the official unveiling last week.
“The opening of Hoops Coffee House is another example of how Parramatta is contributing to NSW’s recovery from the pandemic and continuing its rapid growth as Sydney’s central city,” Mr Lee said.
“Bankwest Stadium has already shown it delivers a significant boost to Parramatta’s local economy and it continues to go from strength to strength, providing an active precinct for local residents and visitors, year-round.”
Located near Gate A at Bankwest Stadium, Hoops is open from 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 7pm on weekends. A well-established COVIDSafe plan is in place and the outdoor setting is also beneficial as part of a wider COVIDSafe protocol.
General Manager Catering at Hoops Coffee House, Andreas Breitfuss, announced that highly-regarded local coffee roaster Circa Espresso has been selected from a number of Western Sydney coffee producers as the exclusive supplier to Hoops Coffee House.
“From game day to every day, Hoops Coffee House is the place to be in Parramatta,” said Mr Breitfuss.
“The Bankwest Stadium forecourt is a fantastic community space, with people visiting the playground and basketball courts at all hours of the day. The addition of Hoops Coffee House provides a new meeting spot and focal point.
“We’re thrilled that a great local business in Circa Espresso is at the heart of this new addition to Bankwest Stadium, which has become a thriving community hub since it opened in 2019.”
Circa Espresso owner Aykut Sayan said: “We like to work with those that share our passion for quality, and Bankwest Stadium has set high standards in the food and beverage space while quickly becoming part of the Parramatta and Western Sydney community.
“We are in the business of ethically sourcing only the best green beans from around the world and roasting them in small batches to order. Together, we can raise the standards of coffee in the industry.”
A score of young basketballers from the West Sydney Wolves joined the Hoops Coffee House opening. Chairman Ronnie Khalil said: “The West Sydney Wolves have a vision to grow, promote and nurture the love of basketball within our communities, so we’re delighted to be here at the courts outside Bankwest Stadium encouraging community activity and fun.”
Hoops Coffee House will offer a 20 per cent discount to all staff and families of Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney as part of Bankwest Stadium’s Charity & Community Program.
Hoops Coffee House is ideal for commuters using the nearby carparks at Bankwest Stadium, available for just $3 an hour or a flat rate of $10 per day – the lowest parking rate in Parramatta.
A loyalty program will be in place for regulars, and competitions and giveaways will give patrons the chance to win prizes like tickets to Bankwest Stadium events and free meals.