Underway Melbourne Park upgradation aims to enhance visitor numbers

Published on : Saturday, April 9, 2016

Underway Melbourne ParkThe work for a major upgradation of Melbourne Park commences aimed at retaining the park’s number one position for the big sport and entertainment events.

 
The $338 million Stage Two project will include a major refurbishment of Rod Laver Arena, a media centre, and a new footbridge linking Birrarung Marr and Melbourne Park.
Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren on April 5 visited the world-class precinct, where works on the second phase of a $700 million upgrade are underway.

 
“This major investment in Melbourne Park will create around 1300 jobs during construction alone – a massive win for Victorian workers and the community,” the minister noted.

 
Demolition of Rod Laver Arena’s front steps have begun, paving the way for the newly-designed southern annex, and expanded loading bay.

 
A more efficient loading bay will mean events can bump in and out faster, and that means more of the big sporting events and world-class entertainment acts that make Melbourne great.

 
Improved eateries will offer visitors a wider array of options, while new outlets at ground level will mean patrons will no longer need to journey back to the concourse for food and drinks.

 
The Batman Avenue Bridge will shave pedestrian travel time from Flinders Street Station to Birrarung Marr to under 10 minutes. The Labor Government is offering Victorians a chance to secure their place in history and contribute to the naming of the bridge.

 

Competition winners will be announced soon.

 
The bridge will provide a safer route for fans, and stop crowds crossing Batman Avenue at road level. It means the thousands of fans that attend our events will be able to get to and from the action safely.

 
Melbourne Park hosts some 200 events annually, including the Australian Open. The Grand Slam attracts visitors from all over the world, and creates 1440 jobs each year.

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