Melbourne & Olympic Parks to showcase multi-million dollar events space investment

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Melbourne & Olympic Parks to showcase multi-million dollar events space investment

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) – home of the Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Championship – is to showcase its new conference and events centre at IMEX Frankfurt, 21–23 May 2019.

M&OP has embarked on Stage 3 of its multi-million dollar redevelopment and will update on the major demolition undertaken to pave the way for the development.

The conference and events centre is scheduled for completion in 2022 and will join the roster of M&OP’s line-up of Australian venues.

Lara Burnes, General Manager, Premier Events & Experiences, says: “The new conference and events centre is set to bolster our already award-winning events capabilities – and will complement the newly opened expansion of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.”

The centre’s architectural design pays homage to the classic Australian landscape and the levelling of surrounding grounds represents the final stage of the AUD$972m redevelopment.

Civic in design, the new events centre will include 8.5m ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, projecting natural light across a generous 2,000sqm  pillarless ballroom and 800 sqm pre-function area.

Across two levels, the upper floor will feature a 250-seat auditorium, breakout rooms, and outdoor terraces with views of the Melbourne city skyline and surrounding parklands.

Stage 3 redevelopment will also include a 5,000-seat show court arena, production kitchen and central terrace area linking the new conference and events centre to existing venues, including Rod Laver Arena.

Construction is scheduled for completion by late 2021, with event bookings now open for 2022.

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MECC, meanwhile, will host the return of VidCon Australia 2019 at 19-22 September. The world’s largest gathering of online video and digital creators saw over 100,000 attendees worldwide across the US, Australia and Europe.

“VidCon has established itself as a pioneer in online video… Welcoming VidCon Australia back for its third year is a pivotal highlight for us. Australia is one of the fastest growing online video markets in the world and it’s crucial for us to help shape the future of digital content in this exciting market,” said Jim Louderback, VidCon General Manager.”

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