Aerial view of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct
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",
and regularly hosts some of the biggest domestic and international sporting events, including the [1 ] 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 ] For the 1956 Games, the venues hosted the [3 ] 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. The precinct is bordered to the north by Wellington Parade, to the east by [2 ] 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 ]
AAMI Park (capacity 30,000; outdoor), the premier purpose-built venue for rectangular field sports ( rugby league, rugby union and football (soccer)), and used for large outdoor stadium concerts.
Westpac Centre (indoor), a training facility used by the Collingwood Football Club, but formerly a 7,000 capacity stadium used originally for swimming, then later for basketball.
Gosch's Paddock, a public playing field, previously used for training by the Collingwood Football Club, and now used by the Melbourne Football Club, Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club & Melbourne Victory FC for training purposes.
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 The stadium was superseded for rectangular field sports by AAMI Park in 2011, and was demolished in 2011/12.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 ]
Rod Laver Arena (capacity 15,000; retractable roof), the premier venue for large indoor stadium concerts, and centre court for tennis in Melbourne Park. Also used in the past for basketball.
Hisense Arena (capacity 10,500; retractable roof), the premier venue for basketball and netball, the second largest court for tennis in Melbourne Park, and a venue for indoor stadium concerts. Can be converted to a velodrome for major track cycling events.
Margaret Court Arena (capacity 6,000; retractable roof), the third-largest tennis court in Melbourne Park.
Melbourne Park Tennis Complex including three outdoor show courts, five indoor courts, and more than twenty outdoor courts, which are used for professional matches and available for public hire.
Melbourne Park Function Centre
Yarra Park [ edit ]
Former Venues [ 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
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1908: White City Stadium
1920: Olympisch Stadion
1928: Old Stadion
1932: Olympic Stadium
1936: Hockey Stadion (final), Hockey Stadion #2
1948: Empire Stadium (medal matches), Guinness Sports Club, Lyons' Sports Club, Polytechnic Sports Ground
1956: Hockey Field, Melbourne Cricket Ground (final)
1960: Campo Tre Fontane, Olympic Velodrome (final), Stadio dei Marmi
1964: Komazawa Hockey Field
1968: Municipal Stadium
1976: Molson Stadium, McGill University
1980: Dynamo Central Stadium, Minor Arena; Young Pioneers Stadium (final)
1984: Weingart Stadium
1988: Seongnam Stadium
1992: Estadi Olímpic de Terrassa
1996: Clark Atlanta University Stadium, Morris Brown College Stadium (final)
2000: State Hockey Centre
2004: Olympic Hockey Centre
2008: Olympic Green Hockey Field
2012: Riverbank Arena
2016: Olympic Hockey Center