The new Eastern Annexe will become the front door to Rod Laver Arena, delivering a ‘wow factor’ for concert and tennis goers. New food and beverage spaces with a rooftop terrace skyline view of the precinct including the Melbourne Cricket Ground will become one of Melbourne’s best summer spots.
The refurbishment includes enhanced accessibility pathways within the Arena and a widened concourse area that enables greater movement in and around one of Australia’s most iconic sport and entertainment venues.
In addition, there’s a new multi-purpose 5,000-seat show court arena on the way, as well as a new function and media centre as part of the $271.55 million stage three redevelopment. Work on this final stage of the redevelopment will start after the Australian Open 2019.
The Australian Open is the largest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere, and last year attracted a record breaking 743,667 fans. Of those more than 40 per cent were from interstate or overseas with online and broadcast coverage attracting close to a billion viewers.
Each year the Open injects more than $290 million into the Victoria economy and creates more than 1200 jobs, making it the most significant major event in the state.
These works ensure Rod Laver Arena remains one of the best arenas in the world, and ensure events continue come rain, hail or shine for years to come.
And more than that, the works cement Melbourne Park as one the best event centres in the world, attracting the best international and national acts.
Each year Melbourne Park hosts around 300 events attracting 2.5 million patrons.
The Australian Open runs from 14-27 January. For information visit the Australian Open