SBS Bank has reaffirmed its support of community sport in Southland by becoming one of the major naming rights sponsors at the ILT Stadium Southland complex.
The bank has joined two other proud Invercargill-based institutions – the ILT and the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) – in signing a three-year contract to partner with the popular sporting facility.
SBS Bank’s branding will be added to Sports House, the office area of the velodrome that is home to Sport Southland and several other regional sporting organisations. The ILT retains its long-standing naming rights to the stadium, with SIT continuing to sponsor the velodrome.
SBS chief executive Shaun Drylie said the bank was marking its 150th anniversary this year and the sponsorship was a good way to support a facility that was integral to the sporting and cultural sectors of the province.
“We know how important the stadium complex is to the Southland community – from young cyclists or netballers through to those taking part in competitions, events or cheering on our Sharks or Steel teams.
“We’re a proud part of that same community with a long history and we want to show our support for the sporting heart of the province.”
The agreement also provided an opportunity to work alongside both the ILT and SIT in relation to the complex.
“The ILT Stadium is the most used venue in Southland with thousands of people from around the province visiting throughout the year and with many of them our customers, it’s a logical step to offer that support,” Mr Drylie said.
Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust chairman Alan Dennis said he was thrilled that SBS Bank had recommitted to the partnership.
“SBS Bank have backed us in the past with what we’re trying to achieve at ILT Stadium so it’s wonderful to have them involved again.
“The stadium is such a vital asset for our entire province so it’s important Southland organisations provide the financial backing needed to enable us to continue as the hub for so many sports and activities while also attracting elite and national events to our city.”