John Cain Arena Upgrades
In September 2018, the Victorian Government committed $126 million to the ‘Victoria: The Basketball Capital of Australia’ package’, which included $13 million to support upgrades to John Cain Arena, to ensure it remains Victoria’s premier indoor basketball venue.
John Cain Arena is home to National Basketball League team Melbourne United and also hosts matches for the South East Melbourne Phoenix.
The funding has delivered facilities upgrades which:
- provide an excellent audio-visual experience for all spectators and facilitate improved home game feel, team branding and advertising opportunities;
- improve the amenity for players and broadcasters;
- ensure corporate partners and spectators are serviced by well-located food and beverage offerings, and
- more effectively use space in and around the venue for fan engagement, commercial activities and food and beverage sales.
The project reached practical completion in June 2022 and has enhanced the ability of the NBL and its clubs to attract and maximise attendances; create a contemporary ‘NBA-like’ spectator experience that engages audiences and encourages repeat attendance.
AAMI Park FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Upgrades
The Victorian Government is investing more than $25 million towards a range of upgrades further enhancing the premier rectangular sports and entertainment venue in time for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The works include upgrades to the existing stadium sports lights and video screens, player corporate, spectator and broadcast facilities and improved Wi-Fi connectivity.
AAMI Park will host six matches at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which kicks off on 20 July 2023.
Gosch’s Paddock Oval Upgrades
Melbourne Football Club’s training oval at Gosch’s Paddock has been transformed in line with standards at other AFL clubs, with the Victorian Government joining with the AFL and Melbourne to fund the project.
The Victorian Government contributed $2 million towards the redevelopment of Melbourne Football Club’s training oval within Gosch’s Paddock. The Melbourne Football Club and AFL each invested a further $500,000 towards the project.
The project included resurfacing the oval to meet current AFL standards and increasing the dimensions of the oval, so it better replicates the length of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and width of Marvel Stadium. Lighting has also been improved and behind-goal netting and camera posts installed.
The works ensure the training oval is commensurate with a professional team and are in line with those of other clubs, allowing both the Melbourne Football Clubs AFL and AFLW programs to better train and prepare for home games.
The Victorian Government has invested almost $1 billion into infrastructure upgrades to establish Melbourne and Olympic Parks as one of the best sport and entertainment precincts in the world, ensuring the Australian Open remains a Victorian major events icon until at least 2046.