Melbourne & Olympic Parks
Melbourne & Olympic Parks, comprising around 40 hectares, came into existence in 1995 and as the name suggests, is the product of joining together two distinct sites; Melbourne Park and Olympic Park.
As well as hosting an extensive range of events such as the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam, national and international rugby, football, rugby league, netball and basketball, as well as high profile music concerts and family shows, Melbourne & Olympic Parks is the administrative and training home to various sporting organisations and professional clubs.
Located 5 minutes walk from Melbourne’s CBD and separated from the Botanic Gardens by the Yarra River, Melbourne & Olympic Parks comprises:
- Rod Laver Arena, (15,000 seats)
- Hisense Arena, (10,000 seats)
- National Tennis Centre
- Melbourne Park Function Centre, (1800 sq/m)
- Margaret Court Arena, (7,500 seats)
- Two show courts
- Player Cafe, Arena cafe
- 19 outdoor Plexicushion tennis courts
- Six indoor tennis courts
- The Oval
- Tennis Australia administration
& Tennis World
- M&OP Administration
- AAMI Park (30,050 seats)
- Westpac Centre
- Olympic Park Oval
- Gosch's Paddock training fields
Adjoining the 40 hectare precinct are four tram stops (route 70), a taxi rank, a river jetty and three pedestrian bridges linking the precinct with the MCG. All of these facilities are under the management of a single administration, the Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust.
Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust
The Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust was established on 5 October 1995 in accordance with the provisions of the Melbourne & Olympic Parks Act 1985 (as amended). It was created by the merger of the National Tennis Centre Trust (established 13 November 1985) and the Olympic Park Committee of Management (formed originally in 1909). Under the Act the relevant Minister is the Honourable John Eren MP, Minister for Sport and Recreation (& veterans' affairs).
Melbourne & Olympic Parks operates to provide world class facilities and ancillary services, for the conduct of sport, entertainment and function events, primarily for the people of the State of Victoria. As a precinct, Melbourne & Olympic Parks has grown and evolved over 100 years, and continues to do so with the opening of AAMI Park. The recently commenced Melbourne Park redevelopment project which will further entrench Melbourne & Olympic Parks' standing as Australia's premier sports and entertainment precinct.
M&OP's functions include the responsibility for the care, improvement, use and promotion of Melbourne Park and Olympic Park, to operate them efficiently and effectively to obtain their best possible use, to provide coordinated planning of the venues and to be responsible for their proper financial management.