MCA has been a key feature of the Australian Open Tennis Championship since 1988 when it was initially known as ‘Show Court One’. The world’s best tennis players have graced the court, making it an integral part of the tournament and a centrepiece of Melbourne Park. Lauded for providing an intimate environment for players and spectators alike, MCA is widely regarded as providing one of the best tennis viewing experiences in the world.
The venue makes Melbourne Park the only Grand Slam tennis venue in the world to boast three stadiums with retractable roofs, meaning that all Australian Open matches can be completed over the two weeks of the tournament, even with a fortnight of continuous rain or extreme heat.
Melbourne United debuted at MCA in 2014 and, along with Hisense Arena, has since called it home. Having competed in the NBL for 30 years as the Melbourne Tigers, the re-branded Melbourne United has established their new identity.
The inaugural game, on Wednesday 12, doubled as the first commercial event at the revamped arena, when they took on the Cairns Taipans. The venue has hosted numerous National Basketball League (NBL) games across the subsequent seasons.
MCA proudly shares hosting duties with its sister venue Hisense Arena as two home teams, Melbourne Vixens and Collingwood Magpies, play out their Suncorp Super Netball seasons. The dual-premiership holding Vixens (2009 and 2014) have featured in the venue’s event calendar since 2008.
Their emergence followed the amalgamation of Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Kestrels elite netball teams that participated in the pre-existing National Netball League Competition (1997-2007). The Magpies were launched at the end of 2016, with five national-players featured in their 2017 debut derby line-up against the Vixens.