Margaret Court Arena is a place in Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, that is used for both sports and entertainment. The venue can hold up to 7,500 people. It was built in 1987 and renovated in the middle of the 2010s.
When was Margaret Court Arena Established
The venue opened in 1988, the same year the Australian Open moved from Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club to Melbourne Park. At first, it was called Show Court One. The show court could hold up to 6,000 people. In early 2003, it was renamed Margaret Court Arena to honour Australia’s most famous female tennis player. It is ranked as the third top arenas in the Melbourne Park after Rod Laver Arena and John Cain Arena.
Margaret Court Arena Development Story
Overheating problems at the Australian Open and calls for a smaller, more flexible stadium in the city led the Victorian Government to announce in January 2010 a $363 million plan to redevelop Margaret Court Arena.
The renovation made the venue the third in the area to have a movable roof, and it added 7,500 seats to the stadium. The renovations were finished in January 2015, before the Australian Open that month. The arena can hold 10,500 people, which is third most of any place at the Australian Open. The Rod Laver Arena (centre court), which can hold 15,000 people, is the biggest.
Hosting Sports and Events
Since 1988, the arena has been the site of Australian Open tennis matches every year. Since it was fixed up in 2014, the venue has been used for more sports like basketball and netball, as well as events.
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