Area size: 13,100 square metres in total, with 2,760 square metres of floor space. Fully retractable roof, taking only 10 minutes to close, Dynamic seating configurations (raise-able, retractable, and removable – raising the seats exposes the world class cycling velodrome), Steeper seating rake (angle) allows patrons at the very top to feel like they’re right in the action. Melbourne United went on to win the NBL Championship for the 2017/18 season at Melbourne Arena in a thrilling finals series against the Adelaide 36ers. PM's Dinner 2008 photo courtesy of Vicki Jones Photography. Melbourne & Olympic Parks; AAMI Park; Hisense Arena; The venue is also the scene for internationally popular concert performers such as Scissor Sisters, BB King, Nicki Minaj and One Direction. 30 Years of Rod Laver Arena; Upgrading Rod Laver Arena; History; Records & Performers; Contact. It is currently home to sporting clubs the Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix (basketball), Melbourne Vixens and Collingwood Magpies (netball), while previous tenant teams have been the South Dragons, Victoria Giants & Victoria Titans. From a sporting perspective, Melbourne Arena has hosted boxing - including the Anthony Mundine v Lester Ellis fight, the Mundine v Soliman and Fenech v Nelson bouts. In 2000, the centre court at Melbourne Park, which today hosts the Australian Open, was named the Rod Laver Arena in his honour. Skip to content. In August 2018, the venue was renamed as Melbourne Arena. In 2008 every seat was sold for the Australian Open, a tournament that broke a number of attendance records.


Just as quick on their feet, but a little less violent, dancesport championships have become a regular and popular feature. In 2003, Laver, along with his fellow Australian tennis superstar Margaret Court, was honoured with his portrait on a postage stampby the "Australia Post Australian Legends Awa… Main menu. The cycling track was designed by world-renowned track builder Ron Webb, an Australian and one of only two such experts in the world.

The short lived NBL club South Dragons (above) played home games at the venue from 2006-2009, coming from last to win the Championship in their final season. From 1972, the Australian Open was played at the prestigious Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, along with other major tennis events such as the Davis Cup. Concert Archives. Significantly, the 'Multi Purpose Venue' hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games cycling, netball and basketball events. However, Old Scotch Collegians Football Club(est 1921) continued to utilise this fenced oval until 1992 when the field was essentially shifted to the current location ('The Oval') adjacent to Rod Laver Arena. The main playing field located here was established along with a pavillion in 1868 for the Civil Service Cricket Club.

A world class entertainment venue, Melbourne Arena holds an eclectic range of music concerts, family orientated performances, dance parties and in 2008, the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala. Tenant clubs: Melbourne United, South East Melbourne Phoenix, Melbourne Vixens and Collingwood Magpies. When the club struck serious financial problems it transferred their lease to Scotch College in 1879 for 1000 pounds. Melbourne Arena at Melbourne Park offers unparalleled flexibility for events and functions. Melbourne Arena extended Melbourne Park and its capacity to handle ever increasing tennis crowds, whilst also satisfying demand for another flexible multi purpose venue. On 27 July 1998, Laver suffered a stroke while being interviewed by ESPN-TV in the United States for their SportsCentury 20th Century sports retrospective series. Search; Browse Concert Archives . Record sport event crowd: 10,300 when Melbourne United v Brisbane Bullets (basketball) on December 26, 2016. Record music event crowd: 11,293 for RNB Fridays Live on November 15, 2016. This incredibly versatile venue boasts an ICU internationally accredited 250 metre cycling track, a Plexicushion tennis court used predominantly for the Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Championship, concert quality acoustics, and innovative seating design that ensures spectators are close to the action at all times.

Record sport event crowd: 10,300 when Melbourne United v Brisbane Bullets (basketball) on December 26, 2016.

NBL Basketball returned to Melbourne Arena for the 2012/13 season with the Melbourne Tigers (renamed United) playing several of their home games.

Built by Theiss Constructions at a cost of $65 million, the multi purpose arena was completed in 2000. Later the same year, the Prime Minister's Olympic Dinner was one of the more spectacular events in the venue's history.

Cycling is a regular feature, events such as the enduring Austral Wheelrace held at Melbourne Arena between 2001-10, and the Revolution format proved popular with spectators. Site by MMR. Since that triumph the Vixens have been a finals regular and each year continue to break attendance records.

Under the management of melbourne & olympic parks, The Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and pays respect to their Elders, past and emerging. Meanwhile, professional wrestling took centre stage in 2004, and to reiterate the venue's dynamic capability, the Trans Tasman netball Trophy was won by Australia the same year (below). It opened on 11 January 1988 for the 1988 Australian Open. Whilst Kooyong had its own charm, by the 1980's, it was clear the Australian Open lagged well behind the other Grand Slams in several critical ways, and a more modern facility was required to retain the event in the long term. Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park. 2017 All Rights Reserved. He made a good recovery with excellent medical care. Popular Trans Tasman ANZ Championship side Melbourne Vixens have made Melbourne Arena their home.