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The Melbourne Park Multi-Purpose Venue, currently also known by its former[2] sponsorship name as Hisense Arena, is an Australian sports venue that is part of the National Tennis Centre at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria.


1 History 2 Sponsorship names 3 Events

3.1 Australian Open 3.2 NBL 3.3 Commonwealth Games 3.4 Cycling 3.5 Ice hockey 3.6 Netball 3.7 Music

3.7.1 The X Factor auditions

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] 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 Plexicushion surface and the roof is retractable, making it one of the few venues where tennis can be played during rain.[1] 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.[1] The arena has been used for netball for Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Kestrels games in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy. Melbourne Phoenix and the Melbourne Kestrels played their last home game there before merging to become the Melbourne Vixens who used it for home games in the ANZ Championship until 2016 and will (from 2017) continue to use the arena in the new Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) league. New SSN team the Collingwood Magpies have also played home games at Hisense Arena since 2017. 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.[3] Following the renovation of the Margaret Court Arena as part of a A$363 million upgrade to Melbourne Park in time for the 2015 Australian Open, which included a retractable roof and an increase in capacity from 6,000 to 7,500, both Melbourne United (formerly the Melbourne Tigers) and the Melbourne Vixens announced their intentions to move from the arena to the smaller capacity Margaret Court Arena from 2015. However, Melbourne United abandoned their move to MCA after the 2015–16 NBL season and will again play the majority of their games at Hisense (United will play games at the State Netball and Hockey Centre when the Australian Open takes place each January), while the Vixens will continue to split their games between Hisense and Margaret Court Arenas with Hisense used for games expected to attract a larger crowd. Sponsorship names[edit] 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.[4] Events[edit] Australian Open[edit] 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 Australian Open match to be played in the venue, on 15 January 2001, lasted less than ten minutes with Monica Seles advancing through the first round when Brie Rippner was injured in the second game of the match. The first match completed on the court was Tim Henman's first round win over Hicham Arazi. NBL[edit] Hisense Arena is the main home court of National Basketball League (NBL) team Melbourne United. Formerly, the Victoria Titans and South Dragons used it as their home, until high rental prices forced the teams to find other venues. Until this move the venue was largely devoid of sporting events outside of the two weeks of the Australian Open tennis tournament held each January. The Dragons, founded in 2006 until they withdrew from the competition after winning the championship in 2009, played three seasons at the arena.[5][6] For the 2012–13 NBL season, the Tigers returned to the venue, playing 7 of their 13 home games at the arena. The largest basketball crowd was on 4 December 2016 during the 2016–17 NBL season when 10,300 fans saw Melbourne United defeat the New Zealand Breakers 98–74. This broke the previous basketball attendance record of 9,308 set in 2008 in a local derby game between the South Dragons and Melbourne Tigers.[7][8] Commonwealth Games[edit] 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. Cycling[edit] In 2004 and 2012, the UCI Track Cycling World Championships were held at the venue. Ice hockey[edit] On 14 and 15 June 2013, the venue played host to an ice hockey exhibition series between teams representing the United States and Canada.[9] Netball[edit] Netball is played regularly at the venue. It is the home court to Melbourne Vixens and Collingwood Magpies in the Suncorp Super Netball competition. The Australian Diamonds sometime play home international fixture at the venue. The venue also hosted the 2016 Fast5 Netball World Series. Music[edit] On 28 February 2007, Irish vocal pop band Westlife held a concert for The Love Tour supporting their album The Love Album. The X Factor auditions[edit] From 2011 to 2013 the venue hosted the Melbourne judges' audition stages of the Seven Network singer search program The X Factor. See also[edit]

List of tennis stadiums by capacity


^ a b c "History". Hisense Arena. 1 June 2017.  ^ "'Free advertising' at Australian Open for electronics giant". ABC News. 2018-01-15. Retrieved 2018-01-15.  ^ "Netball: AUS v NZL". Austadiums. 2004-11-20. Retrieved 2013-07-14.  ^ Group, Hisense (25 August 2014). "Hisense Australia Extends Naming Rights to World Class Arena and Sponsorship with Australian Open". PR Newswire. Retrieved 22 October 2016.  ^ "aussiebball.com". aussiebball.com. Retrieved 2013-07-14. [permanent dead link] ^ [1][dead link] ^ Austadiums - NBL: Melbourne vs New Zealand 2016 ^ "NBL: Dragons v Tigers". Austadiums. 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2013-07-14.  ^ Showbiz Sport comes to Melbourne

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External links[edit] Media related to Melbourne Park Multi-Purpose Venue at Wikimedia Commons

Official site Melbourne Park Multi-Purpose Venue at Austadiums

Preceded by Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle Stuttgart UCI Track Cycling World Championships Venue 2004 Succeeded by ADT Event Center Los Angeles

Preceded by Apeldoorn Omnisport Centre Apeldoorn UCI Track Cycling World Championships Venue 2012 Succeeded by Minsk-Arena Minsk

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Melbourne United

Formerly the Melbourne Tigers (1931–2014) Est. 1931 in Melbourne, Victoria




Albert Park Basketball Stadium The Glasshouse Rod Laver Arena Hisense Arena State Netball and Hockey Centre Margaret Court Arena



Retired numbers (6)

6 8 10 21 25 50

NBL Championships (4)

1993 1997 2006 2008

NBL runners-up (4)

1992 1996 2007 2009


Adelaide 36ers Sydney Kings

Important figures

Lindsay Gaze Andrew Gaze Mark Bradtke Lanard Copeland Dave Simmons Chris Anstey Al Westover Chris Goulding Patty Mills

Seasons (34)


1984 1985 1986 1987 1988


1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1998–99


1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09


2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18

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Melbourne Vixens

Established 2007 in Melbourne, Australia


2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013


ANZ Championship (2008–2016) Suncorp Super Netball (2017–present)

Home venues

Main: Hisense Arena Alternates: Margaret Court Arena Former: State Netball and Hockey Centre

Former clubs

Melbourne Kestrels (1997–2007) Melbourne Phoenix (1997–2007)

Official website


Links to related articles

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Landmarks in the Melbourne City Centre

Note: this includes landmarks in the Melbourne City Centre and its immediate surrounds, not the Greater Melbourne metropolitan area


Arts Chinatown Docklands East End Government Greek Little Italy Paris End RMIT Quarter Southbank/Wharf Sports and Entertainment University of Melbourne


Aquarium Arts Centre Convention and Exhibition Centre Crown Entertainment Complex Luna Park Theatre District Tramcar Restaurant Visitor Shuttle Zoo

Shopping centres

Block Arcade Collins Place DFO Emporium GPO Melbourne Central Myer Flagship Store Queen Victoria Market QV Royal Arcade St. Collins Lane The District Docklands

Public museums

ACCA ACMI Chinese Hellenic Ian Potter Immigration Melbourne Observatory NGV Australia NGV International Old Melbourne Gaol Old Treasury Building RMIT Gallery


Government House Town Hall Parliament House State Library Supreme Court Victoria Barracks

Notable structures

Arts Centre Eureka Tower Federation Square Melbourne Star Royal Exhibition Building Shrine of Remembrance St Patrick's Cathedral St Paul's Cathedral

Sports venues

Docklands (Etihad) Stadium Grand Prix Circuit Icehouse Lakeside Stadium MCG Melbourne Park (Margaret Court Arena - Multi-Purpose Venue (Hisense Arena) - Rod Laver Arena) Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park) Sports and Aquatic Centre Sports and Entertainment (Holden) Centre Royal Park Golf Club State Netball and Hockey Centre

Parks and gardens

Albert Park Alexandra Gardens Birrarung Marr Carlton Gardens Fitzroy Gardens Flagstaff Gardens Kings Domain Queen Victoria Gardens Royal Botanic Gardens Royal Park Treasury Gardens Yarra Park


Bolte Bridge Capital City Trail City Circle Tram CityLink City Loop Flinders Street station Melbourne Central station Southern Cross station Trams West Gate Bridge Yarra River

See also: Lanes and arcades of Melbourne, List of museums in Melbourne, List of theatres in Melbourne, and Parks and gardens of Melbourne

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National Basketball League arenas

Current arenas

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Brisbane Entertainment Centre Cairns Convention Centre Hisense Arena North Shore Events Centre (NZ) Perth Arena Qudos Bank Arena State Netball & Hockey Centre Titanium Security Arena Spark Arena (NZ) WIN Entertainment Centre

Former arenas

AIS Arena Albert Park Basketball Stadium Alexandria Stadium Apollo Stadium Auchenflower Stadium Bankstown Basketball Stadium Beaton Park Stadium Bendigo Basketball Stadium Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium Burswood Dome Canberra Showgrounds Canterbury Arena (NZ) Carrara Indoor Stadium Challenge Stadium Chandler Arena Dandenong Basketball Stadium Derwent Entertainment Centre Dowling Street Stadium Geelong Arena Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre Keilor Stadium Ken Watson Stadium Kingborough Sports Centre Liverpool Basketball Stadium Margaret Court Arena Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre Mystery Creek Events Centre (NZ) Niels Hansen Stadium Newcastle Entertainment Centre Perry Lakes Basketball Stadium Perth Entertainment Centre Rod Laver Arena Singapore Indoor Stadium Sydney Entertainment Centre Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre The Glass House Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre Townsville RSL Stadium Trusts Stadium (NZ) TSB Bank Arena (NZ) Whitlam Centre

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Suncorp Super Netball venues

Current venues

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Hisense Arena Perth Arena Priceline Stadium State Sports Centre University of Sunshine Coast Stadium

Occasional venues

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre HBF Stadium Margaret Court Arena Qudos Bank Arena Titanium Security Arena

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ANZ Championship venues

Main venues


Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre HBF Stadium Hisense Arena Priceline Stadium Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre State Netball and Hockey Centre

New Zealand

Arena Manawatu Claudelands Arena Horncastle Arena ILT Stadium Southland ILT Velodrome Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 Mystery Creek Events Centre North Shore Events Centre Pettigrew Green Arena Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre Saxton Stadium Taupo Events Centre Trafalgar Centre The Trusts Arena

Occasional venues


Adelaide Entertainment Centre AIS Arena Brisbane Entertainment Centre Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Perth Arena Margaret Court Arena Newcastle Entertainment Centre Qudos Bank Arena Rod Laver Arena Titanium Security Arena

New Zealand

ASB Arena Edgar Centre Energy Events Centre Te Rauparaha Arena TSB Bank Arena Vector Arena

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Grand Slam tournament venues

Australian Open

Melbourne Park

Rod Laver Arena Hisense Arena Margaret Court Arena

French Open

Stade Roland Garros

Court Philippe Chatrier Court Suzanne Lenglen Court 1


All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Centre Court No. 1 Court No. 2 Court No. 3 Court

US Open

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Arthur Ashe Stadium Louis Armstrong