17.10.2019Melbourne Arena Updates | MOPT


Committee for Melbourne 2019 Melbourne Achiever Award winner, Melbourne and Olympic Parks has scored another slam dunk as part of the $15.4 million upgrade. The NBL is back big-time this year at Melbourne Arena with basketball fans the first to experience a new multimedia cube hanging above the court, additional scoreboards, and enhanced lighting.

Since 2000, Melbourne Arena has played host to nearly 2,000 major events from the Australian Open to NBL, International Ice Hockey, cycling, boxing, dance sports, netball, gymnastics, Disney On Ice, and other superstars.

Stage One improvements bring an NBA-like atmosphere to Melbourne Arena, taking the fan experience to a whole new level with installation of new enhanced lighting on the court’s ‘cube’ audio-visual advancements, a 15-metre main entry LED screen, two new scoreboards, new corporate seating stages as well as broadcast upgrades now complete.

Further audio visual, lighting and safety upgrades are planned as well as providing even more opportunities for fans to get closer to the action on match day.

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $13 million to improve the arena, with the Melbourne and Olympic Parks contributing $2.4 million. The investment is part of the Government’s commitment to make Victoria: The Basketball Capital of Australia.

This also includes the redevelopment of the State Basketball Centre, Wantirna South ($82 million), a business case into the construction of a new arena at the State Basketball Centre ($1 million) and the expansion of Basketball Victoria’s high-performance programs through the establishment of seven regional hubs ($5 million).

“We know how much Victorians love their basketball and the new look Melbourne Arena is set to bring fans even closer to the action – from major sporting events to global superstars, the arena will entertain thousands” said Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula

“This investment, coupled with the $972 Melbourne Park redevelopment, is helping entrench Melbourne’s reputation as the sporting and entertainment capital of the world” said Melbourne and Olympic Parks CEO John Harnden.

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