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Australian Open Upgrade Moves Closer as Government Drafts Plans

By Dan Baynes

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Australia's Victoria government will spend A$5 million ($3.2 million) drawing up plans to upgrade Melbourne Park, site of the Australian Open, as part of its push to retain the Grand Slam tennis tournament.

State Premier John Brumby today announced proposals that will be examined include increasing capacity, putting a roof on Margaret Court Arena, installing more practice courts, improving media facilities and adding a covered square for fans.

``The funding will be used to prepare detailed design and costings on the first stage of the project,'' Brumby said in a statement today. ``We are working to ensure Melbourne retains this important event for a further 20 years.''

If carried out, the project may cost as much as A$500 million, the Herald Sun reported.

The 6,000-seat Margaret Court Arena is the third-largest venue at Melbourne Park behind Hisense Arena and the main Rod Laver Arena, which already have retractable roofs.

Tennis Australia, which owns the tournament, and the Victoria government last month completed a A$2 million study into the 21-year-old venue, which is contracted to host the year's first Grand Slam until 2016. Shanghai, Dubai and Sydney have been linked in media reports with bids for the tournament.

Last year's Open attracted a record 605,735 patrons and Tennis Australia is predicting bigger crowds in 2009. The state government said the event is worth A$164 million to the local economy and generates 1,000 full-time jobs.

Tennis Australia Chief Executive Officer Steve Wood said in an interview last month that the event is ``basically out of capacity at about 600,000.''

The tournament, which began in 1905 as the Australasian Tennis Championships, was rotated around Australian cities and twice held in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne in 1972. It switched from the Kooyong to Melbourne Park in 1988.
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Melbourne Park revamp to secure Australian Open

A facelift for Rod Laver Arena and a new roof for Margaret Court Arena are among revamped tennis facilities the State Government hopes will keep the Australian Open in Melbourne for the next 20 years.

Premier John Brumby this afternoon announced a $5 million investment towards planning the redevelopment of Melbourne Park, the home of Australia's tennis grand slam event.

The redevelopment will include:

- A modernised Rod Laver Arena

- A roof for Margaret Court arena

- A covered, piazza-style town square for tennis fans

- A walkway linking Melbourne Park to Birrarung Marr

- New Tennis Australia headquarters

- Better facilities for players and the media

The $5 million in funding will be used to develop a capital works program for Melbourne Park, as well as detailed design and costings for the project's first stage, which is due to be completed in 2016.

"When we get to the final stage, that will be the budget allocations," Mr Brumby said.

"You are looking at the total cost here over many years of hundreds of millions of dollars."

"Our current arrangement to host the Australian Open until 2016 is now fast approaching and we are working to ensure Melbourne retains this important event for a further 20 years."

The announcement comes after The Age revealed that Sydney had launched a bid to snatch the Open from Melbourne. There had also been interest from Shanghai, Dubai and Madrid.

Melbourne Park, home to the Australian Open for the past 21 years, has far more spectator traffic than the sites of the other three grand slams because it is a multi-purpose venue.

Mr Brumby said the redevelopment would be undertaken "over the years so that the Open can be continued to be conducted here with minimum disruption to all the spectators."
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Construction progress on Margaret Court Arena (timelapse images from May 2012 to September 2013)

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(This seemed to be the most appropriate thread I could find to post this, even though the thread is quite old )

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I think it's great you found and used an old thread

The stadium is looking good.

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Best slam... It is way ahead of the rest...
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I hope they don't start charging for Margaret Court Arena tickets though

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Photo uploaded to Major Projects Victoria Facebook page on April 15th this year, showing the roof closed on Margaret Court Arena.


The redevelopment of Margaret Court Arena is expected to be finished before the next Australian Open.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/te...-1226896229663 (April 25th 2014)

"WORKS to upgrade Melbourne Park are on track for completion in time for the 2015 Australian Tennis Open.
A retractable roof has been built over Margaret Court Arena and work is continuing to boost the venue’s seating capacity by 1500 to 7500.
Also included in the $366 million stage one works are improvements to Rod Laver Arena and a new Eastern Plaza comprising eight indoor and 13 outdoor courts for elite training and general public use.
Major Projects Minister David Hodgett said that Melbourne Park would be the only grand slam venue having three courts with retractable roofs.
Mr Hodgett said the venue needed regular upgrades to ensure it remained world-class.
“People forget how old it is because of the work that has been done around it,” he said.
“But Melbourne Park has been around since 1988.”
Stage two works, which are due to start early next year, include a new administration and media building and a footbridge over Batman Ave linking Melbourne Park with Birrarung Marr and Flinders St station.
Three architecture firms have been short-listed for the administration building: Hassell, Lyons Architects and a consortium of Woods Bagot, NH Architecture and Populous.
Mr Hodgett said that completion of the stage two works would secure the Australian Open until 2036.
“Based on what the players’ feedback is, it’s rated their favourite grand slam,” he said.
“I don’t know another precinct in a capital city around the world that’s got on the city’s doorstep venues like Rod Laver, AAMI Park, the MCG and Olympic Park.”


(Psst, Mr Hodgett, Smellbourne is not the capital city of Australia so it makes that comment kind-of weird )

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They should have revamped Rod Laver instead. This court looks so outdated. Chatrier is really beautiful and never goes out of style.
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The one slam that doesn't actually need a roof at all has one over two courts. Only in tennis...

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The best Slam of the year by far.

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It would be even better if they played through the night in Melbourne. If they did, viewing numbers would increase in Europe and the players would not suffer in the unbearable a heat.
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It would be even better if they played through the night in Melbourne. If they did, viewing numbers would increase in Europe and the players would not suffer in the unbearable a heat.
Indeed, it would be great as long as they find the way to let Australian people attend to the matches, which is the most important thing after all: to see the crowd full of people. It can perfectly work on Friday or Saturday, and they can put as well a random big guy to play once in the tournament in a night session as you said, like Roland Garros does forcing the big guys to play in Lenglen at least once.

Good idea, I definitely like it Clearly the only thing that does not help the Australian Open to become more popular is the timezone.

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It would be even better if they played through the night in Melbourne. If they did, viewing numbers would increase in Europe and the players would not suffer in the unbearable a heat.
Not sure the players would be very happy about that...

Also, while the Austrlian Open might not be very popular in terms of viewership today, if tennis continues to develop in Asia, it will have BY FAR the biggest potential in that department (heck the rebranding has already started with the AO being the Asia-Pacific Grand Slam).

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The one slam that doesn't actually need a roof at all has one over two courts. Only in tennis...
Rod Laver and Hisense are multipurpose venues. Rod Laver is generally used for concerts outside of the Australian Open and various types of exhibitions / shows. Hisense is currently used for Melbourne's Basketball and Netball games, and occasionally for concerts.
Margaret Court will be multipurpose too once her redevelopment is completed. It will host Melbourne's Basketball and Netball games and also occasional concerts.

A new show court with 5000 seat capacity will be built between Rod Laver and Hisense (was added to the second stage of the upgrade early this year). From the picture here, it will be similar in appearance to Margaret Court when she was uncovered, though with 5000 seats means it will have slightly less capacity.
(Hisense is the stadium in the bottom right hand corner)


It's referred to as 'Show Court 1' in this video. Hopefully it's called the Evonne Goolagong Cawley Arena.
[youtube]MAxWCnJzcIo[/youtube]



Looks like Courts 4 to 15 will have their current arrangement changed. Not sure what's happening to Courts 16 to 23 though, I still only count 12 courts in that far corner (not including Show Courts 3 and 2) and that looks like carpark to the north of the new court.

Courts 16 to 23 were also absent on the previous plan though with mainly greenery instead. Previous plan:

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