The MELBOURNE PARK MULTI-PURPOSE VENUE, currently also known by its
sponsorship name as HISENSE ARENA, is an Australian sports venue that
is part of the National
* 1 History * 2 Sponsorship names
* 3 Events
* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links
Construction of the arena commenced in the late 1990s, and was
completed in 2000. It was originally called the Multi-Purpose Venue,
until the naming rights were sold to Vodafone . The arena features a
cycling track, which is covered over with seating for court events.
The tennis court is a
The arena is able to hold a maximum spectator capacity of 11,000 for events such as music concerts where general floor seating or standing room is available. For basketball and netball (with extra court side seating), capacity is 10,500 while for tennis (without the court side seating), capacity is 9,500. When the velodrome is in use the northern and southern banks of seats, which cover the turns of the velodrome, are raised to reveal the track while the floor seating is removed leaving a reduced capacity of 4,500.
The arena has been used for netball for
The largest netball attendance at the arena was on 20 November 2004 when 10,300 saw the Australian national team defeat New Zealand 53 to 51.
Following the renovation of the
Margaret Court Arena as part of a A$
363 million upgrade to
On 12 May 2008, it was announced that as of 1 July 2008, the arena's sponsorship name would change from Vodafone Arena to Hisense Arena in a multimillion-dollar six-year deal. In 2014 this was extended for a further three years.
Every year, the venue hosts many matches as part of the Australian
Open tennis tournament. It has usually only been used for day matches
in the 10 days of the tournament. In 2012, however, the venue began
having night matches in the first week of the tournament as well,
running parallel to matches played on the centre court at Rod Laver
Arena . The first
Hisense Arena is the main home court of National
The largest basketball crowd was on 4 December 2016 during the
2016–17 NBL season
During the Commonwealth Games the stadium was used for basketball and other sports, its name changed to Multi-Purpose Venue with all Vodafone-related signs covered over with black shrouds because Telstra , a competitor of Vodafone, was a major sponsor of the games.
In 2004 and 2012 , the UCI Track Cycling World Championships were held at the venue.
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On 14 and 15 June 2013, the venue played host to an ice hockey exhibition series between teams representing the United States and Canada.
Netball is played regularly at the venue. It is the home court to
* ^ A B C "History". Hisense Arena. 1 June 2017. * ^ "Netball: AUS v NZL". Austadiums. 2004-11-20. Retrieved 2013-07-14. * ^ Group,