Melbourne’s famous Rod Laver Arena is set for a major makeover, with demolition well underway, making way for a grand, “pod-style” entrance.
Victoria’s Acting Minister for Sport, Luke Donnellan said the refurbishment of the Melbourne icon would be a magnet for attracting events to the state.
“The world’s best choose Melbourne Park to come and play, and we want it to stay that way,” said Mr Donnellan.
The new entry pods will feature an array of eateries and bars for fans and the very best guest experiences, such as dressing rooms, player transport facilities, a crèche and even a beauty salon for artists and athletes alike.
More open space, shade and seating will boost comfort for athletes and performers, while patrons can explore the grounds with easy navigation.
Taking the ultimate live sport and entertainment experience up another level is the goal of the Government’s $338 million Stage Two redevelopment of Melbourne Park.
Melbourne Park attracts around 200 events a year, with a record 728,000 fans pouring through the gates at this year’s Australian Open.
The Rod Laver Arena upgrade also entices big acts by featuring a new media and administration centre, more efficient loading bays and rigging equipment for the big acts.
The centrepiece of Stage Two – the newly opened Tanderrum footbridge – safely ushered thousands of tennis fans from the city to the heart of the action at Melbourne Park in January.
Meanwhile the upgraded Swan Street Bridge will provide motorists and pedestrians with a seamless journey to the precinct when travelling to and from the Australian Open next year.
The new entry pod is expected to be ready for Australian Open 2019.
The project will create 1,300 jobs during construction, and many more afterwards as more and more visitors flock to Victoria.