Margaret Court Arena has been a key feature of the Australian Open Tennis Championship since 1988. With some of the world’s best tennis players having graced the court, it has been a centerpiece of Melbourne Park and an integral part of the traditions of the Australian Open.
Lauded for providing an intimate environment for players and spectator alike, MCA is widely regarded as providing one of the best tennis viewing experiences in the world.
The redeveloped venue will be fully operational for the Australian Open in 2015, making Melbourne Park the only Grand Slam tennis venue in the world to boast three stadiums with retractable roofs. The new stadium means that all Australian Open matches could be completed over the two weeks of the tournament, even with a fortnight of continuous rain or extreme heat.
Melbourne United, who play in the National Basketball League (NBL), will host four games at Margaret Court Arena during the 2014-15 season.
Having competed in the NBL for 30 years as the Melbourne Tigers, the newly branded Melbourne United will be seeking to establish a new identity while paying homage to its history in the upcoming season.
United’s Margaret Court Arena debut will be on Wednesday 12 November 2014 when they take on the Cairns Taipans. This game will double as the first commercial event at the revamped Arena.
The majority of Melbourne United’s home games will be played at Margaret Court Arena’s sister venue, Hisense Arena.
Reigning premiers of the ANZ Championship, the Melbourne Vixens, will play three games at Margret Court Arena in the 2015 season.
The Vixens will open their title defence at MCA, with their opening match taking place against the Haier Pulse on Sunday 1 March.
The Vixens will also play four games at Hisense Arena.