The 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. The multimillion
dollar transformation of this world class sporting precinct will ensure Melbourne Park remains the home of the Australian Open for generations to come.
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 and Olympic Parks precinct.
The works are improving significant elements of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks sports and entertainment precinct to make it one of the world’s best facilities.
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 Melbourne Arena
- a new entrance to Melbourne Park on Olympic Boulevard
- multilevel parking for up to 1,000 cars and up to 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 Stage 2 of the Melbourne Park redevelopment comprises significant upgrades to Rod Laver Arena, a new administration and media building and a foot bridge over Batman Avenue.
Rod Laver Arena refurbishment
The refurbishment of Rod Laver Arena will enhance the venue’s high standard of amenity, food service, patron comfort and accessibility. Rod Laver Arena is the largest venue at Melbourne Park, the main court for the Australian Open and will continue to be used extensively throughout the year as a concert, sport, and entertainment venue. Key features of the Rod Laver Arena works 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 to ensure that Rod Laver Arena can continue to host the best events in Australia
- a new temporary stage position with retractable seating and enhanced load capacity.
Construction on the Rod Laver Redevelopment has commenced.
Batman Avenue Bridge
The new Batman Avenue Bridge will improve connections from the city to the precinct. The bridge will run from Birrarung Marr’s lower terrace to a landing north-west of Show Court 2. The bridge will provide an unbroken pedestrian link from Flinders Street Station to Melbourne Park and make it easier for crowds to enter and exit the precinct.
Works on what is now know as the Tanderrum Bridge have now been complete. Tanderrum Bridge was officially opened 22 December 2016.
Administration and Media Building
This eight storey building will be the new administrative headquarters for Tennis Australia and Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust. It will be used as temporary media and broadcast facilities for the Australian Open.
The building is located to the north of the
site adjacent to the Function Centre.
Construction on the new administration building, Tennis HQ has been completed.
The $271.55 million Stage 3 of the Melbourne Park 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.
Construction work is powering ahead on the new Rod Laver Arena eastern entry pod and world class player and artist facilities, while the newly opened Tanderrum footbridge safely ushered hundreds of thousands of tennis fans from the city to the heart of the action.
Construction of Stage 3 is set to begin in 2019.