A revolutionary design allows Hisense Arena to transform itself for almost any event under its retractable roof.
Home to basketball, netball and cycling to ice skating and opera, this state-of-the-art venue also has retractable seating that, when removed, can enable a maximum capacity of 10,500 for sports, concerts and even dance parties or formal dinners.
When the seating is raised, the world class cycling velodrome is exposed to reveal the ICU internationally accredited 250 metre cycling track designed by Australia's world-renowned track builder Ron Webb.
It also houses a Plexicushion tennis court used mainly for the Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Championship, concert quality acoustics, and a layout to ensure spectators are close to the action at all times.
“Highlights at the multipurpose venue have included cycling, netball and…the 2006 Commonwealth Games”
As the venue is located within the Melbourne and Olympic Parks sport and entertainment precinct, public transport is easily accessible from accommodation near Hisense Arena.
Opened in 2000 as Vodafone Arena before changing its name in 2008, Hisense Arena was designed with versatility in mind.
Highlights at the multipurpose venue have included cycling, netball and basketball events for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala and Prime Minister's Dinner both in 2008, and the UCI World Track Championship in 2010 and 2012.
Hisense Arena has also hosted many home games for the Melbourne Vixens netball team playing in the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship, and for the Melbourne Tigers NBL team.