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.
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.
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.
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.
Melbourne Arena Details
John Cain Arena
SE Melbourne Phoenix (NBL)
Melbourne Vixens (Super Netball)
Collingwood Magpies (Super Netball)