Melbourne Park, the venue for the Australian Open tournament, is to have a new $338 million upgrade.
The world-class tennis facilities have already undergone significant upgrade works over the last two years, but now a second phase project has been launched which will see improvements to the multipurpose Rod Laver Arena and better access to Melbourne Park.
Victoria state Premier Denis Napthine announced the funding and unveiled the details of the major project on the eve of Australian Open 2014.
“Major events such as the Australian Open deliver more than great sporting moments – they provide a massive boost to the Victorian economy and create new jobs,” Dr Napthine said.
“There is no doubt this work will keep Melbourne Park as the number one Grand Slam venue in the world and further cement Melbourne and Victoria as the global sporting capital."
In addition to the Rod Laver Arena works and access improvements, the stage two project also includes construction of a new 5000-seat show court; a new media and administration centre; upgrade works in Garden Square; and a new central terrace.