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January 14, 2014

$338 million redevelopment plan unveiled for Melbourne Park

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The Victorian State Government has unveiled plans of a $338 million redevelopment for Melbourne Park. This second stage development of the iconic Melbourne sporting precinct follows on from an initial $366 million upgrade which started in 2010.

An artists impression of Rod Laver Arena after redevelopment has been completed. Image: heraldsun.com.au

An artists impression of Rod Laver Arena after redevelopment has been completed. Image: heraldsun.com.au

The second stage plans centre around significant upgrades to Rod Laver Arena which aims to cater for the growing popularity of the Australian Open. In addition, a 5000 seat show-court will be constructed along with a new central terrace.

Access to the precinct was also prioritised with a new footbridge to be constructed over Batman Avenue to connect the area with Birrarung Marr and Flinders Street Station.

On top of these upgrades the precinct will also be given a new administration and media building, providing new administrative headquarters for Tennis Australia and Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, and temporary media & broadcast facilities for the Australian Open.

“Major events such as the Australian Open deliver more than great sporting moments – they provide a massive boost to the Victorian economy and create new jobs,” Victoria Premier Denis Napthine said.

“There is no doubt this work will keep Melbourne Park as the number one grand slam venue in the world and further cement Melbourne and Victoria as the global sporting capital.”

Works on the second stage of the redevelopment are scheduled to commence in early 2015.


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