Melbourne Park (the home of the Australian Open), Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Park is a sporting arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located by the Yarra River near the southeast corner of the central business district.Melbourne Park is a part of the sporting and entertainment precinct that also includes Olympic Park and Yarra Park. It is the home of the annual Australian Open tennis tournament, which is played each year in January and February. The venue was the home of the Melbourne Tigers basketball team, and can be adapted to host ice skating, musical performances, concerts, cycling and even swimming and motorsport events.





Melbourne Park was built in 1988 as a new venue to host the Australian Open, as Kooyong, the previous venue, had become too small. It was originally known as the National Tennis Centre at Flinders Park until 1996, when then-Premier Jeff Kennett decided to rename it Melbourne Park, mainly to advertise the name “Melbourne” to a wide international audience. The decision was met with strong opposition, and was compared by some to renaming the Roland Garros stadium (home to the French Open in Paris) “Paris Park”. However, over the years, it has become accepted by the Melbourne community.

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