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
Tennis Centre at
Melbourne Park in
* 1 History
* 2 Sponsorship names
* 3 Events
* 3.2 NBL
* 3.3 Commonwealth Games
* 3.4 Cycling
* 3.5 The X Factor auditions
* 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
Plexicushion surface and the roof is
retractable, making it one of the few venues where tennis can be
played during rain.
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
Melbourne Phoenix and
Melbourne Kestrels games in the
Commonwealth Bank Trophy
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
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.
Melbourne United abandoned their move to MCA after the
2015–16 NBL season and will again play the majority of their games
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
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
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 .
Hisense Arena is the main home court of National
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. For the
2012–13 NBL season
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
2016–17 NBL season when 10,300 fans saw
Melbourne United defeat the
New Zealand Breakers
New Zealand Breakers 98–74. This broke the previous basketball
attendance record of 9,308 set in 2008 in a local derby game between
South Dragons and
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.
THE X FACTOR AUDITIONS
From 2011 to 2013 the venue hosted the
Melbourne judges' audition
stages of the
Seven Network singer search program The X Factor .
On 14 and 15 June 2013, the venue played host to an ice hockey
exhibition series between teams representing the United States and
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 .
List of tennis stadiums by capacity
List of tennis stadiums by capacity
* ^ A B C "History".
Hisense Arena. 1 June 2017.
* ^ "Netball: AUS v NZL". Austadiums. 2004-11-20. Retrieved
* ^ 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.
* ^ Austadiums - NBL:
Melbourne vs New Zealand 2016
* ^ "NBL: Dragons v Tigers". Austadiums. 2008-10-18. Retrieved
* ^ Showbiz Sport comes to Melbourne
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