Melbourne Arena

Melbourne Arena (to be re-named John Cain Arena as of December 2020) at Melbourne Park was completed in 2000 and offers unparalleled flexibility for events and functions. 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.

Hisense Arena

During construction (and during the 2006 Commonwealth Games) the arena was simply known as Multi Purpose Venue and it opened as Vodafone Arena before Hisense took over the naming rights. As of August 2018, the venue became Melbourne Arena following a deal with the Victorian Government, however it'll get a new name in early/mid 2020 - John Cain Arena. As well as Tennis and Cycling, Melbourne Arena plays host to Basketball with Melbourne United and new NBL team South East Melbourne Phoenix calling the venue home, Netball with the Melbourne Vixens & Magpies playing the majority of their home games there. Former NBL teams South Dragons, Victoria Giants & Victoria Titans had all previously played at the venue. Melbourne Arena caters for all tastes, with 10 food and beverage outlets and 4 merchandise outlets within its expansive public space. The total area of the venue is 13,100 square metres, with a floor space of 2,760 square metres.

Melbourne Arena

Overseen by the Victorian Government Office of Major Projects, the arena was designed by Peddle Thorp Architects and Planners and built by Theiss Constructions. The cycling track was designed by world-renowned track builder Ron Webb, an Australian and one of only two such experts in the world.

Melbourne Arena

Revolutionary in its design, Melbourne Arena can be readily changed for almost any event - from ice skating to opera, from cycling to basketball. As well as retractable seating, the state-of-the-art venue also has a retractable roof which can open or close in less than 10 minutes. The venue has fixed seating for 4,500, while raiseable, retractable and removable seating can enable a maximum capacity of 10,500 for Basketball, Tennis and concerts, while Cycling can cater for 4,500 fans.

Hisense Arena

Melbourne Arena Details

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Location
Address
Olympic Blvd, Melbourne VIC 3000  
Capacity
10,300  
Seats
10,300 (100% of capacity)
Highest Crowd since 2003
Lights
Yes  
Arena Roof
Yes  
Video Screen
Yes  
Opened
2000
Former/Other Names
Multi Purpose Venue
Vodafone Arena
Hisense Arena
John Cain Arena
Ticket Agent
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Sports Played
Basketball
Netball
Tennis
Cycling  
Home Teams
Melbourne United (NBL)
SE Melbourne Phoenix (NBL)
Melbourne Vixens (Super Netball)
Collingwood Magpies (Super Netball)  
Annual Events
Australian Open
Last Event
Next Event
 
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Directions
Transport
Flinders Street, Richmond and Jolimont train stations are all within walking distance of Melbourne Arena. Tram services from Flinders Street and Richmond Stations stop outside the venue.
Parking
Public parking throughout the Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct is limited, but can be accessed from Swan Street.
Accommodation
See nearby Melbourne Arena hotels and more. VIEW ACCOMMODATION
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