There is something about playing basketball in the city (and outdoors). Maybe it is the scenic surroundings - skyscrapers and Co. - or the atmosphere amongst the crowds surrounding, of which the ring at your local park may struggle to compare.
But, perhaps all up is the diversity of folks who shall show up from all corners of the city to play a game. The RMIT courts at A'Beckett Urban Square represent this well. Alongside the student population of RMIT - itself a wide mix of folks just having some fun at lunch to those counting every point scored - there are staff from the university, and then people from the wider community who venture on down.
Beyond the full size basketball court, the space also has two half size basketball courts, and one for netball. Alongside this are facilities for table tennis, a barbeque and a abundance of space surrounding to kick back and enjoy the action courtside.
With this, a note must be made to commend RMIT for their generous gesture to the wider public. To be sure, a fence could have been put up, a student ID required and one of the better new facilities in the city kept from use by most people in the public. Instead, RMIT have looked to go the other way and indicate all are welcome to venture on down, and with this; have built a great new public space in Melbourne.*
The A'Beckett Urban Square: a great place for a game on a sunny Melbourne afternoon.
Note: While RMIT do not police use of the space, they do offer a priority booking system to university student and staff. In turn, though normally using the courts can be 'play by ear' situation for members of the general public at times prior bookings may need take priority.