Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

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Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC)
Olympic Swimming Pool.JPG

MSAC's outdoor swimming pool.

Building information
Full name: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC)
City: Albert Park, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 37°50′48″S 144°57′58″E / 37.84667°S 144.96611°E / -37.84667; 144.96611
Capacity: 1,800 indoor pool, 3,000 outdoor pool, 1,800 Show Court
Built: 1997
Opened: 24 July 1997
Architect(s): Peddle Thorp Architects
Tenants Victoria Giants (NBL) (2003-04)
Badminton Victoria
Table Tennis Victoria
Victorian Water Polo
Australian University Sport
Squash Vic
Swimming Victoria
Basketball Victoria
Diving Victoria
Melbourne Vicentre[1]

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) is an international sporting venue located in Albert Park, Victoria, Australia. The centre was opened on 24 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 center has hosted international events including the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 World Aquatics Championships.[2]

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 centre is accessible by tram routes 12 and 96 which both pass near Southern Cross railway station and the Melbourne City Centre.

Construction[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

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.

Stage 2[edit]

In 2002, it was announced that the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre would be expanded in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[3] 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.[4] Work began on the Stage 2 project in September 2003.[5] 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.[6]

Facilities[edit]

The centre boasts numerous facilities.

Aquatics[edit]

  • Indoor 50m pool[7]
  • 25m lap pool[8]
  • Multi-purpose pool[9]
  • Hydrotherapy pool[10]
  • Outdoor 50m pool[11]
  • Wave pool[12]
  • Diving boards[13]
  • Water slide[14]
  • Flo rider

Sport[edit]

  • 10 indoor basketball courts
  • 10 squash courts
  • 12 badminton courts
  • 18 table tennis tables
  • 3 volleyball courts[15]

Events[edit]

MSAC regularly hosts many events including state and national championships. Among the major events MSAC has hosted are:

View of MSAC from Albert Park Lake

Charlene Wittstock, the future Princess of Monaco, won a gold medal for South Africa in the 2002 World Cup held at MSAC. She returned to the MSAC on a royal visit to Melbourne in March 2012.[17]

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References[edit]

Coordinates: 37°50′48″S 144°57′58″E / 37.84667°S 144.96611°E / -37.84667; 144.96611