|Melbourne Park - Austadiums|
Melbourne Park is situated within the Melbourne Sports Precinct and is home of the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. Located within the venue is Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, three show courts including Margaret Court Arena, the National Tennis Centre, indoor and outdoor tennis courts with lighting, as well as a 1800 square metre function centre. Melbourne Park first opened in 1988 as Flinders Park and included Centre Court plus two show courts. The venue has undergone significant redevelopment since.
Almost 700,000 people attend the Australian Open each year which is held over two weeks in January at Melbourne Park. Many more attend the venue throughout the year to play - and learn to play - tennis, attend a convention, catch their favourite international star in concert, or attend the netball or basketball. Rod Laver Arena has a capacity of around 15,000, Hisense Arena 10,500, Margaret Court Arena 6,000 (currently being upgraded to 7,500) while Show Courts two and three both seat 3,000. Other courts also have room for spectators during the Australian Open.
Melbourne Park was first completed in 1988 at a cost of $94 million and saw the Australian Open move from the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club to the new venue on the edge of Melbourne's CBD. It underwent significant expansion in 1995 and it has had another major redevelopment over the past four years. Stage two has also been announced which will see the addition of a new 5,000-seat show court, improvements to Rod Laver Arena, media and administration centre and a central terrace for fans.