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 $271.55 million third stage will focus on the centre of the precinct completing the decade long vision of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Master Plan. Works include:
- a Central Terrace, which provides a new elevated public space in the heart of the precinct connected by ramps to Garden Square and Upper Terrace.
- a new Function and Media Centre including function rooms, pre-event spaces, interview rooms, a 200 seat auditorium and broadcast studios.
- a Central Logistics Hub including Central Kitchen and Central Loading Dock to deliver improved services for patrons, players, artists and hirers
- an Upper Terrace including a 5000 seat Show Court/Arena and match court.
North Match Courts
- two new match courts in the north-west court ladder
- permanent broadcast cabling to courts.
- new Staff Mustering areas within the Rod Laver Arena under croft.
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.
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.