Margaret Court Arena
|Margaret Court Arena|
|Location||Melbourne Park, MSEP
|Expanded||7,500 (Australian Open 2015)|
|Owner||Government of Victoria|
|Construction cost||A$ 336 million
(expanded Australian Open 2015)
|Architect||NH Architecture and Populous|
7,500 (Australian Open 2015)
|Australian Open (Grand Slam) (Tennis) (1988–present)
Davis Cup (Australia vs Chinese Taipei) (March 2010)
Melbourne Tigers (NBL) (2015–)
Melbourne Vixens (ANZ Championship) (2015–)
Margaret Court Arena is a Australian tennis venue located in Melbourne, Victoria. The capacity of the arena is 6,000 and was built in 1988. The venue is located in Melbourne Park, which is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct (MSEP).
It 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. It is the largest capacity fully outdoor court used at the Australian Open Tennis, and stands only 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 is set to see a 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 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 2015, 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. 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.
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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