With so many new venues popping up over the South East Asia and the Pacific region, Melbourne Park is trying to keep up.
In 2016, the Australian Open’s contract is up and Melbourne is making sure another city is not going to snatch it’s beloved Australian Open away.
A plan to cover Margaret Court Arena, add 21 new courts, a new pedestrian plaza and upgrade Rod Laver Arena was announced, which will keep the OZ Open in Melbourne and keep its Grand Slam status until 2036.
“It’ll provide a major boost to the Australian Open as well as to our junior development programs,” said Tennis Australia’s CEO Steve Wood. “This facility will help us to continue to grow tennis in Australia with the new world-class training facilities.”
Work begins on Margaret Court Arena next year, which will allow the Australian Open to have three covered courts. There will be a pedestrian plaza and upgrades to Rod Laver Arena, which will be completed by 2015.
Then a new parking lot and an eastern plaza will be built to fully upgrade the 23 year-old facility.
“We want to ensure that the event continues through the development phase,” said Sport and Recreation Minister Hugh Delahunty, “but importantly we want to continue to make sure that this facility stays the home of not only the Australian Open but it continues to hold that status in the Grand Slam events throughout the world.”