Melbourne putting new venue gloss on Olympic legacy

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Melbourne putting new venue gloss on Olympic legacy

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) has been showcasing its refurbished venues across its events precinct as the AUD$1bn redevelopment moves into its third stage.

Located on the edge of Melbourne’s vibrant CBD, the precinct has seen the Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena redeveloped to offer new event options and, combined with AAMI Park and Melbourne Arena, an enhanced experience for businesses and associations is taking shape.

“Few venues in Australia can connect guests as directly, and as intimately, with the city as we can. Equally, not many could host the span of extravagant sit-down galas hosted within our premier function spaces to iconic dinners under the stars in our retractable-roofed Margaret Court Arena – where guests will be thrilled to know they are seated where the greats of tennis have played,” says Lara Burnes, General Manager – Premier Events & Experiences, Melbourne & Olympic Parks.

The full list of M&OP venues includes:

  • Rod Laver Arena (Centre Court during the Australian Open)
  • AAMI Park, the site of Melbourne’s award-winning stadium for football, rugby union and rugby league, which can also cater for business events for up to 1,000 guests
  • Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena offering large-scale event formats for up to 8,500 guests with flexibility for formal dinners, cocktail-style events, galas and conferences.

These existing M&OP venues will be joined in 2022 by a new conference centre with the capacity to host 3,000 guests.

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.