Victoria 2026’s Bendigo Stadium becomes Red Energy Arena

Victoria’s Bendigo Stadium, a 2026 Commonwealth Games venue, has announced a naming-rights deal with Red Energy.

The facility’s 4,000-seat show court arena will now be known as the Red Energy Arena, following the two-year agreement with the energy retail subsidiary of Snowy Hydro Limited.

Red Energy will supply the Victoria-based arena with renewable energy under the VECO (Victorian Energy Collaboration) contract which was announced in 2021, providing 47 Victorian councils with renewable energy.

“This is a fantastic collaboration and partnership with a company that is Australian owned with a focus around building better communities. We are excited to see the beginning of a long term partnership for both organisations.” said Dennis Bice, chief executive of Bendigo Stadium.

The venue, which stages around 90 events annually, will host netball during the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. It is the home to Women’s National Basketball (WNBL) team Bendigo Spirit and NBL1 men’s and women’s teams Bendigo Braves.

The partnership with Red Energy involves internal and external signage including LED lighting, as well as branding across the arena’s website and event ticketing.

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity where we can demonstrate our leadership in renewable energy as well as our support for community events in Bendigo. Red Energy Arena will be at the centre of Bendigo’s sporting and entertainment events and become part of the city’s vernacular,” said David Holman, general manager of business development at Red Energy.

The Australian state of Victoria was confirmed as the first multi-location Commonwealth Games back in April.

The 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground will stage the opening ceremony in March 2026, while venues in Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland will also host events.

Image: Bendigo Stadium