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Special: Focus on Asia Pacific sports venue developments

In the second installment of this series of special reports on the many sports venue developments either already underway or in the pipeline across the Asia Pacific region, we take a look at the Rod Laver Arena redevelopment and the new Perth Stadium.

Rod Laver Arena redevelopment

Rod Laver Arena (RLA) is the pre-eminent venue at Melbourne Park, hosting a range of events throughout the year and accommodating centre court during the Australian Open. RLA (pictured above) is the third most successful venue in the world by ticket revenue sales, and currently the sixth by attendance levels. (Note: These rankings do not include Australian Open attendance.)

Melbourne & Olympic Parks Precinct have pivotal importance to the city of Melbourne and the part it plays in Australia’s National Sporting Identity.

The redevelopment project of this 15,000-seat venue has a significant importance in maintaining and improving the iconic Rod Laver Arena’s position and prestige as home to one of the world’s most famous Grand Slam Tennis tournaments – The Australian Open – and an ever-increasing number of major events, conferences and performances.

RLA is undergoing this redevlopment in order to retain iconic events such as the Australian Open. As part of a broader Stage 2 Melbourne Park Redevelopment the AUD$338m RLA refurbishment is to meet world’s best standards and ensure its ongoing viability as a Grand Slam and Major Events facility.

Cox Architecture have designed the plans that will improve existing facilities at the RLA and provide new state-of-the-art spaces that will serve Victorians for another 27 years.

The project will be delivered over the course of four years, with the first major construction works commencing in 2016, and all works scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Brian Morris, CEO, Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust, alongside Phil Martin, Strategic Relationship Manager, Cox Architecture, are just two of the 50+ industry-elite speakers confirmed to participate at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event. #StadiaArenaAP

The new Perth Stadium

The multipurpose 60,000-seat new Perth Stadium will be a world-class venue.

The commitment to a ‘fans first’ stadium has resulted in an innovative design, ensuring an exceptional event atmosphere and home ground advantage that can only be experienced by being there.

The design acknowledges Western Australia’s unique sporting, cultural and Aboriginal heritage and the Sports Precinct landscape provides a spectacular vista across the Swan River to the City.

The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is being constructed on the Burswood Peninsula, east of the Perth CBD. The Stadium will accommodate 60,000 seats with the ability to increase the seating capacity to 70,000 within the existing stadium structure, if required. The unique bronze façade uses anodised aluminium, which reflects WA’s unique geology by day and, using state of the art LED lighting, home team colours by night. The lightweight fabric roof covers 85% of seats and responds to Perth’s climatic conditions.

The project is being developed by Westadium, a consortium led by Brookfield Financial and John Laing. The design team comprises of Cox Architecture, Hassell, HKS and Arup.


The new Perth Stadium & Sports Precinct.


 Our Q3 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine will feature an exclusive piece discussing how the new Perth Stadium is utilising BIM technology to deliver on its promise of a state-of-the-art, fans’ first stadium.

In addition, not only will Cox Architecture design Principals be in attendance at our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event, but also Arup’s Chris Dite, Associate Director, Sport Venue Design, who is one of the event’s 50+ industry-elite speakers.


If you haven't already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at:

If you haven’t already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at: