Rod Laver Arena’s evolution for future generations

Rod Laver Arena is embarking on a new era as it undergoes a significant transformation. Playing host to a wide range of sports and entertainment events throughout the year, the venue is not only a renowned centrepiece of the Australian Open, it has cemented an international reputation as one of the busiest and highest-grossing venues globally. 

Beginning in February 2016 and staged over four years, Melbourne & Olympic Parks CEO Brian Morris said the latest and most sensational phase for patrons is about to be unveiled: "Loved for decades as ‘everyone’s arena’, this iconic venue has embarked on an exciting transformation as it enters a whole new era of entertainment. Not only are we celebrating its 30-year anniversary, but we’re future-proofing the arena for decades to come to ensure it remains the best venue for fans, competitors and performers in Australia." 

Redefining and elevating customer experience has been a focal point by: 

  • Dynamically turning the venue from an outdoor showcase to entirely indoors, with a faster retractable roof 
  • Welcoming a grand new, three-level main public entrance and new annexes with improved amenities to enhance the visitor experience
  • Expanding into an array of fan-favourite and innovative dining and bars – featuring a rooftop and expansive views across the city skyline from multiple levels
  • Comforts of new cushioned seating, additional modern bathrooms offering practicality and style along with increased accessibility through entrances to the seating bowl

Rod Laver Arena’s refurbishment has also seen extensive back-of-house improvements, ensuring that it remains a favourite ‘home’ among performers and players, while leading the way with world-class production and operations facilities that will allow it to host bigger and better shows. 

Introducing an expanded loading dock will mean a faster turnaround of events and installing the largest rigging capacity in the country will allow the venue to keep up with the ever-increasing scale of exciting events as the touring market, sporting and entertainment industries, continues to evolve.