Upgrading Rod Laver Arena

Exciting changes for Melbourne’s favourite sport and entertainment venue!

Since opening in 1988 as a purpose built home for the Australian Open, Rod Laver Arena has gone on to become one of the busiest and highest grossing venues in the world. After nearly three decades of sterling service Rod Laver Arena is now getting the revamp it deserves!

Better facilities for visitors and fans

Beginning in February 2016, and staged over four years, the Stage 2 redevelopment will breathe new life into Rod Laver Arena delivering:
• a new three-level, eastern-facing main public entrance and new annexes on the northern and southern sides of the building
• improved amenities, including more food and beverage outlets and toilets
• accessible entrances to the seating bowl and expanded public concourse spaces, making it easier to move around the building.

Better facilities for players and performers

Extensive back-of-house improvements will ensure that performers and players enjoy the best possible amenities and staging facilities, including
• improved rigging capacity, enabling the venue to host bigger productions
• a bigger loading dock to manage faster turnaround of events
• refurbishment of the area underneath the arena, providing year-round services for artists, production crews and players during the Australian Open.