Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct

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Aerial view of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct

The Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct is a series of sports stadiums and venues, located in Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. The precinct is situated around 3 km east of the Melbourne city centre, located in suburbs of Melbourne and Jolimont, near East Melbourne and Richmond.

It is considered to be Australia's "premier sports precinct",[1] and regularly hosts some of the biggest domestic and international sporting events, including the AFL Grand Final (Australian rules football), Australian Open (tennis) and Boxing Day Test (cricket). The venues have also previously hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics (for which the Precinct served as the Olympic Park) and 2006 Commonwealth Games.[2][1][3] For the 1956 Games, the venues hosted the track cycling, field hockey, football, and the aquatic events.[3]

Sports venues and stadiums[edit]

The precinct comprises three areas: Olympic Park, Melbourne Park and Yarra Park. Olympic and Melbourne Parks are jointly managed, and Yarra Park is managed separately.[2] The precinct is bordered to the north by Wellington Parade, to the east by Punt Road, to the south by the Yarra River, and to the west by Batman Avenue.

Olympic Park[edit]

This zone was known as 'Olympic Park' long before the Olympics were awarded to Melbourne, and was named for Olympic Park Stadium which was contained within this zone.[2]

Former Venues[edit]

  • Eastern Sportsground (aka No. 2 Oval)- Stadium that hosted the preliminary rounds of the field hockey competition of the 1956 Summer Olympics.[2]
  • Motordrome -a former speedway and Australian rules football ground. Demolished 1951 and replaced by Olympic Park Stadium.
  • Olympic Park Stadium (capacity 18,500; outdoor), formerly the premier venue for track and field and rectangular field sports. The stadium was superseded for rectangular field sports by AAMI Park in 2011, and was demolished in 2011/12.
  • Velodrome -A 4400 seat, 333 metre long velodrome that was used for the track cycling events of the 1956 Olympics.This venue was located at on the northern/ Swan Street side of the Olympic Park [2]

Melbourne Park[edit]

Yarra Park[edit]

Former Venues[edit]

Access[edit]

The precinct is located adjacent to both the Richmond and Jolimont railway stations; every train servicing the eastern side of Melbourne passes through one of these two stations. The precinct is also serviced by three tram routes from the city centre. Three footbridges are provided to cross the railway lines which divide the northern and southern halves of the precinct. The area in Yarra Park surrounding the Melbourne Cricket Ground is made available for ticketed car parking during major events in the precinct; free parking in the surrounding streets is available but limited.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 37°49′00″S 144°59′00″E / 37.81667°S 144.98333°E / -37.81667; 144.98333