A sports precinct in the heart of the city

In association with Visit Victoria

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09, leads Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H, and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 Tag Heuer, away from the grid during the Australian GP at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 25, 2018 in Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Australia (Steven Tee/LAT Images)

Melbourne’s unique sports precinct, located just one kilometre to the east of the heart of the city, includes the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena, AAMI Park and a suite of elite sport training facilities.

The MCG is a 100,024-capacity facility that has forged its place in global sporting legend as the host of the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, international cricket, football and rugby, as well as the pinnacle of Australian rules football, the AFL Grand Final, on an annual basis.

Only metres away is Melbourne & Olympic Park, home to the Australian Open Tennis Championships. This grand slam captures the imagination of Melbourne every January, with more than one million people engaging with ticketed and free events attached to this two-week celebration of tennis, Melbourne and the best in sport.

The Melbourne Sports Precinct is accessible by two train stations, three tram routes and two bus routes. Federation Square is just a 10-minute walk away, providing ease of access to an array of restaurants, retail outlets and bars for visitors to enjoy.

To the west of the city, the state-of-the-art Marvel Stadium, featuring a retractable roof, delivers a multi-purpose venue for sports of all kinds. The stadium is most commonly used for Australian rules football as the tenant venue for five competing teams, but also regularly hosts international cricket, as well as one-off stadium events for mixed-martial arts, basketball, moto-cross and other sporting endeavours.

The ‘Melbourne Experience’

Melbourne is renowned as a progressive, stylish and sport-fuelled city. It is also a place for the eternally curious.

The city is an intriguing and eclectic mix of cultures, architecture and desires that is not a place for the casual observer; it is a place for participants.

Melbourne’s credentials as a leading sports city have been predicated on delivering a unique and outstanding visitor experience. For supporters and event attendees, the experience in Melbourne does not simply start and end at the venue, but will be a truly unique and immersive experience, taking in the very best the city has to offer.

The ‘Melbourne Experience’ is why millions of visitors descend on the city each year, making Melbourne Australia’s favourite short-break destination.

Visiting fans will benefit from decades of Government investment in venues, transport infrastructure and visitor amenities. From the airport arrival, journey to the city centre, quality accommodation, dining and leisure options, centrally located venues and excellent transport links.

Melbourne is also obsessed with food and wine, with the city boasting more cafes and restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world. Melburnians and visitors alike have access to 3,500 dining venues serving cuisines from more than 70 countries.

Melbourne’s major sporting venues, all on the edge of the Melbourne city centre, are also a short walk from exceptional hotels, the best of Melbourne’s culinary, arts and fashion scenes as well as free inner-city public transport, ensuring the a truly world-class ‘Melbourne Experience’ for event attendees.

Rod Laver Arena


A trusted partner

Visit Victoria is charged with growing Victoria’s visitor economy through tourism marketing and major event acquisition.

The organisation is uniquely positioned to bring together the best people, venues and partners, with a proven foundation for event planning and execution.

Visit Victoria is committed to working with event owners to comprehensively market events to Melbourne, the people that call the city home, as well as those that visit from interstate and overseas.

As a trusted partner for event owners, Visit Victoria prides itself on delivering excellence and building strong long-term relationships with its partners.

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