The Melbourne Park Redevelopment, completed over three stages, placed 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.
Stage 3 marked the completion of the 10-year redevelopment of Melbourne Park in August 2021. Works included a new 5,000 seat Show Court Arena, named Kia Arena, and conference and events venue CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, two new match courts and a central logistics hub, all of which were showcased throughout the 2022 Australian Open.
Stage 3 created 600 full time jobs, including jobs for Victorians through government’s Local Jobs First Policy and overall, the 10-year project created 2,300 jobs during construction, transforming the Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct into an unbeatable sports and events precinct, delivering more than 400 events a year attracting more than 2.5 million visitors
Stage 2 commenced in 2014 and included construction of Tennis HQ (providing administration facilities for Melbourne and Olympic Parks and Tennis Australia, as well as temporary media and broadcast facilities for the Australian Open), Tanderrum Bridge (providing a new primary entrance to Melbourne Park and direct pedestrian access from Flinders Street Station) and major Rod Laver Arena Refurbishments including a new primary entrance, accessible entrances to the seating bowl, modernisation of Rod Laver Arena’s retractable roof and installation of cushioned seating. Works were completed in September 2019, in time for the 2020 Australian Open.
Stage 1 commenced in May 2010 and included construction of the new National Tennis Centre and upgrades to the western precinct and Margaret Court Arena. Works were completed in time for the 2015 Australian Open.
Development Victoria worked with Sport and Recreation Victoria, Melbourne and Olympic Parks and Tennis Australia to manage the redevelopment.
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