Melbourne Park will remain the home of the Australian Open for generations, thanks to a multi-million dollar transformation of this world class sporting precinct.
The redevelopment of Melbourne Park aims to cater for the growing popularity of the Australian Open and to establish Melbourne and Olympic Parks as an unbeatable sports and events precinct.
The redevelopment places 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 precinct.
Aside from the Australian Open, Melbourne and Olympic Park is one of the biggest sports and entertainment precincts in the world, hosting around 600 events and attracting more than two million people.
The $366 million first stage of the redevelopment included:
- an extension of the south-west external concourse surrounding Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Show Court 2
- improved connections between Rod Laver Arena, the Oval and Hisense Arena
- the addition of rainwater harvesting and treatment facilities.
- development of an elite tennis training facility, including eight indoor courts, 13 outdoor courts, and ancillary infrastructure incorporating change rooms, a gym and recovery facilities
- construction of a 1,000 space car park
- construction of an elevated deck to the east of Hisense Arena
- a bridge over Olympic Boulevard, providing an above-grade connection between the Eastern Plaza 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 original project budget of $363 million increased to $366 million following a $3 million contribution from the Federal Government for the rainwater harvesting and treatment facilities.
The $338 million second stage of the redevelopment includes:
Administration and Media Building
- new administration facilities for Melbourne & Olympic Parks and Tennis Australia
- media and broadcast facilities for the Australian Open.
Batman Avenue Bridge
- a new primary pedestrian entrance to the precinct from the city
- a connection with Birrarung Marr to provide direct access from Flinders Street Station.
Rod Laver Arena Refurbishment
- new eastern-facing primary entrance, which will also provide food and beverage facilities and toilets
- an expanded public concourse space
- 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.