National Tennis Centre delivered a year ahead of schedule
Melbourne and Olympic Park’s new National Tennis Centre has been delivered one year ahead of schedule, on budget and in time for the 2013 Australian Open, Acting Premier Peter Ryan said at last night’s official opening.
“The National Tennis Centre is now Australia’s, and arguably the world’s, best purpose built, elite tennis training facility,” Mr Ryan said.
“The centre features eight indoor and 13 outdoor courts for elite training and general public use, as well as a gymnasium, lounge and change rooms for players. It also features top class coaching facilities, such as video play back rooms adjacent to the courts, which makes it easier for players to develop their games to the highest standards.”
“Other project highlights include work already under way to upgrade Margaret Court Arena with an operable roof and an extra 1,500 seats; construction and recent opening of the Edwin Flack Bridge across Olympic Boulevard and improvements to public spaces,” Mr Ryan said.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said the new facilities would provide great outcomes for the Australian Open and the public, while helping Australia’s current and future tennis stars achieve new levels of excellence.
“The Australian Open showcases Melbourne and Victoria to an international audience of more than 300 million people,” Mr Delahunty said.
“It is one a key fixture in Melbourne’s major events calendar, drawing around 700,000 people annually and generating an estimated $239 million and 1,440 jobs for the Victorian economy.
“Outside tennis, Melbourne Park hosts around 200 events, attracting more than two million people, each year.”
Minister for Major Projects Dr Denis Napthine said the project team, which included Major Projects Victoria, Watpac Construction and the design team of Jackson Architecture, Winward Structures and WSP Group, had done a fantastic job to finish ahead of schedule.
“We are delighted to be opening the building for the Australian Open this year, instead of next year as originally scheduled. The whole team has worked brilliantly to achieve this, despite the building site being in the midst of one of Melbourne’s busiest precincts,” Dr Napthine said.