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Rod Laver Arena

Architect: Peddle Thorp Learmonth and Cox Architecture

City of Melbourne | C71

Rod Laver Arena is celebrating its 30th anniversary and embarking on a new era as it undergoes a phenomenal redevelopment – after hosting thousands of world-class sporting and entertainment events to become one of the busiest and highest-grossing venues around the globe. Since opening in 1988 as a purpose-built centrepiece for the Australian Open and multi-purpose entertainment centre, Rod Laver Arena has gone on to play host to a wide range of sports, shows and concerts, from tennis matches to international superstars – such as P!NK and Beyoncé – rock stars, and motorbike super-cross. The most dynamic transformation Rod Laver Arena has seen was in March 2007 with the FINA 2007 World Swimming Championships when a 50-metre temporary pool was built on the arena’s floor. Peddle Thorp Learmonth and Cox Architecture firms lead innovative design with a world-first retractable roof, setting a benchmark that allows the venue to be transformed from indoor to open-air in just minutes. Beginning in February 2016, and staged over four years, the current redevelopment will reinvigorate the arena with a focus on customer experience and ensuring it continues to harness the biggest and best shows for Victorians for generations to come.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm - Booking required for this building

  • What's Open: The Arena, including artists rooms, back-of-house and Superboxes.

  • Tour Type: C71

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, running for 45minutes, in groups of 25

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Sports Facility

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Special Programming: A comprehensive tour of the Arena, including artists rooms, back-of-house and Superboxes.

  • Year Built: 1988

  • Transport: Stop7B: Rod Laver Arena/Melbourne Park on route 70

  • Photo Credit: Development Victoria


Melbourne & Olympic Parks, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne VIC 3001, VIC


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