Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
|Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre|
MSAC's outdoor swimming pool.
|Location||Albert Park, Victoria, Australia|
|Opened||July 24, 1997|
|Operator||State Sports Centre Trust|
|Construction cost||$65 million|
|Architect||Peddle Thorp Architects|
|Project manager||Baulderstone Hornibrook|
|Capacity||1,800 indoor pool, 3,000 outdoor pool, 1,800 Show Court|
|Badminton Victoria, Table Tennis Victoria, Victorian Water Polo, Australian University Sport, Squash Vic, Swimming Victoria, Basketball Victoria, Diving Victoria, Melbourne Vicentre|
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) is an international sporting venue located in Albert Park, Victoria, Australia. The centre was opened on the 24th of July 1997 at a construction cost of A$65 million. The cost was funded by the State Government of Victoria and the City of Port Phillip. The centre has hosted international events including the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 World Aquatics Championships.
The centre has several swimming pools and international standard diving facilities. There is a large multi-purpose sports hall used for sports such as badminton, basketball, table tennis, and volleyball, and also squash courts and a gym.
The first part of MSAC's construction was completed in 1997. This included the majority of the facilities currently at MSAC including the indoor pools and the sports hall.
In 2002, it was announced that the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre would be expanded in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. A new hydrotherapy pool, a new 50 metre outdoor pool and improved transport links were some of the facilities added in the $51 million expansion. Work began on the Stage 2 project in September 2003. The expansion opened in early 2006. Since then, a movable floor was installed in the 50m outdoor pool which allows the water depth to be varied.
The centre boasts numerous facilities.
- Indoor 50m pool
- 25m lap pool 
- Multi-purpose pool 
- Hydrotherapy pool 
- Outdoor 50m pool 
- Wave pool 
- Diving boards 
- Water Slide 
- 10 indoor basketball courts
- 10 squash courts
- 12 badminton courts
- 18 table tennis tables
- 3 volleyball courts
MSAC regularly hosts many events including state and national championships. Among the major events MSAC has hosted are:
- 2006 Commonwealth Games - squash, diving, swimming, table tennis
- 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships - diving
- NBL games for Melbourne Tigers
- MSAC official website
- Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (Pool) at Austadiums
- Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (Show Court) at Austadiums
- The Age: "Fairytale in Bendigo" http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/a-fairytale-in-bendigo-as-charlene-enters-with-grace-20120310-1urgh.html
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2007)|