The multimillion dollar Melbourne Park redevelopment will cater for the growing popularity of the Australian Open and is designed to secure the future of the event in Melbourne.
Redevelopment works will place a strong emphasis on the comfort of patrons, with more open space and shade, increased seating capacity, better connections to public transport and the city, and easier movement into and within the Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) precinct.
The $366 million first stage of the redevelopment has been completed.
- A new timber deck adjacent to the Rod Laver Arena western concourse.
- Landscaping upgrades to the Oval, including a new underground 4.5 mega-litre stormwater retention tank.
- New entry stairs to Rod Laver Arena.
- Improvements to the taxi rank on Olympic Boulevard.
Eastern Plaza and National Tennis Centre
The Eastern Plaza and National Tennis Centre building was opened in early 2013, providing new public spaces and a training facility featuring:
- Eight new indoor tennis courts and 13 new outdoor courts.
- Warm-up and warm-down facilities for athletes.
- An elevated plaza providing new public space and a new entrance into John Cain Arena.
- A new entrance to Melbourne Park on Olympic Boulevard.
- Multi-level parking for up to 1,000 cars and 28 buses.
- The Edwin Flack pedestrian bridge over Olympic Boulevard, completing a direct pedestrian link between the MCG, Melbourne Park and AAMI Park.
- An upgrade to Margaret Court Arena, including an addition 1,500 seats, a retractable roof and a fully enclosed foyer and concourse.
- Upgrades to Rod Laver Arena’s internal concourse, including provision of additional food and beverage facilities.
The $338 million second stage of the redevelopment has been completed.
Rod Laver Arena
The refurbishment of Rod Laver Arena enhances the venue’s high standard of amenity, food service, patron comfort and accessibility.
Key features of the Rod Laver Arena upgrades include:
- A new eastern-facing annex, featuring a primary entrance, food and beverage facilities and toilets.
- Expanded public concourse spaces.
- Accessible entrances to the seating bowl.
- Significant back-of-house improvements.
- A new temporary stage position with retractable seating and enhanced load capacity.
The new Tanderrum Bridge improves the connection from the city to the precinct.
The bridge runs from Birrarung Marr’s lower terrace to a landing north-west of Show Court 2.
The eight-storey building is the new administrative home for Tennis Australia and M&OP.
It is also used for temporary media and broadcast facilities during the Australian Open.
The $271.55 million third stage of the redevelopment will feature a new multi-purpose 5,000-seat sunken show court and arena, central terrace with a new elevated outdoor public space, a function and media centre, broadcast studios, central kitchen, loading dock and logistics hub.
Fans will find their way around the courts easier with new and improved pathways, new scoreboards and signage.
The southern entry will be realigned and the northern entry upgraded as part of the works, improving access for everyone.
The project will create 600 jobs during construction, and support thousands of jobs in our tourism and hospitality industry as more and more people flock to Victoria to see the best sporting heroes and musicians in the business.