Margaret Court Arena
|Location||Melbourne Park, MSEP
|Owner||Melbourne & Olympic Parks|
|Construction cost||A$ 336 million
(Australian Open 2015 expansion)
|Architect||NH Architecture and Populous|
|Australian Open (Grand Slam) (Tennis) (1988–present)
Davis Cup (Australian national team)
Melbourne United (NBL) (2014–present)
Melbourne Vixens (ANZ Championship) (2015–present)
Margaret Court Arena is a Australian tennis and multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue located in Melbourne, Victoria. The capacity of the arena is 7,500 and was built in 1988. The venue is part of the National Tennis Centre at Melbourne Park, which is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct (MSEP).
It is the third largest capacity venue at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament, behind the 15,000 capacity Rod Laver Arena (centre court) and the 10,500 seat Hisense Arena. As part of a A$363 million redevelopment of Melbourne Park, Margaret Court Arena was recently upgraded, featuring a seating capacity expansion from 6,000 to 7,500 seats as well as the installation of a retractable roof in time for the 2015 Australian Open.
The venue was formerly known as Show Court One, but was renamed on the eve of the 2003 Australian Open to honor the Australian tennis great Margaret Court, who won more Grand Slam titles than any other player in history, male or female.
The Melbourne United (formerly the Melbourne Tigers) who play in the National Basketball League have announced that they will play 9 or 10 games per season at the newly developed venue from the 2014-15 NBL season, with the rest of their games to be played at their current home at the State Netball and Hockey Centre when the Australian Open is held as the NBL season overlaps with the tennis.
The Melbourne Vixens who play in netball's ANZ Championship have also announced that they will move from Hisense Arena into Margaret Court Arena from 2015. Both United and the Vixens have cited costs as their reasons for moving from Hisense to MCA, while the new 7,500 capacity of MCA also suits the ticket demands of both teams.
In addition to being able to host various sporting events, the redeveloped arena will also be able to host concerts giving Melbourne a third indoor entertainment venue, all located at Melbourne Park and all with retractable roofing.
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