Rod Laver Arena putting Melbourne on the world stage

Rod Laver Arena has been named as one of the world’s top 10 highest grossing venues over the past decade by leading international music magazine Billboard.

Built in 1988, Rod Laver Arena is in illustrious company alongside iconic global venues such as the O2 Arena in London, New York’s Madison Square Garden and the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

This world-class venue welcomed 700,000 patrons through the turnstiles in the past year and has played host to more than 600 shows over the past 10 years, including P!NK’s record breaking run of 11 consecutive shows in front of 150,000 fans last year.

Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust CEO, John Harnden said, “We are delighted that Rod Laver Arena finds itself in such esteemed company alongside some of the world’s most iconic venues.”

“Thanks to the versatility of our venues and the expertise of our staff, the precinct hosts hundreds of diverse events throughout the year and Rod Laver Arena is no exception. Over the coming weeks it will host Elton John and The Wiggles, before the Australian Open kicks off in January.”

“What makes this achievement even more impressive is that it has been done while managing construction of the $972 million Melbourne Park Redevelopment, none of which would be possible without the ongoing support of the Victorian Government,” Harnden said.

This builds on Rod Laver Arena ranking 5th in Billboard Magazine’s Arena Power List earlier this year (highest grossing venues for 2019), highlighting its versatility and the fact that it can ‘be configured for capacities of 16,800 in the round, 13,500 in end-stage concert mode and 7,000 in reduced concert mode.’

Pollstar, the leading trade publication for the international live entertainment industry, also recently named Rod Laver Arena as the 3rd most popular venue (10,001-15,000 Capacity) worldwide based on ticket sales over the past decade. 

Rod Laver Arena is part of the Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct, an invaluable community asset situated across 40 hectares and home to more than 400 events attracting 2.5 million visitors each year.