M&OP torchbearer of return to live events


Australia Melbourne and Olympic Parks precinct back in full swing Image: melbournecb.com.au

The Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OPs) and its partners, after having staged 23 events across 60 event days and greeting more than 250,000 guests to the precinct in the first three months of 2021, have paved the way for Victoria’s (Australia) return to live events.

‘Melbourne & Olympic Parks’ stated that the precinct’s versatility has been a highlight in the first quarter of the year, with A-League (Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City & Western United), National Rugby League (NRL) (Melbourne Storm) and Super Rugby (Melbourne Rebels) all returning to AAMI Park (the 30,050-capacity stadium in the City of Melbourne, Australia) and the National Basketball League (NBL) (Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix) back at the John Cain Arena ( the 10,500-capacity sports arena in the City of Melbourne, Australia).

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) has long been the home of the most iconic and world-class event experiences Australia has to offer. The precinct is notably acclaimed for playing host to the Australian Open, as well as the City’s most celebrated sport and entertainment events.

The A-League is the highest-level professional men’s soccer league in Australia and New Zealand.

The National Rugby League (NRL) is Australia’s top-level domestic men’s rugby league club competition. It contains clubs from the original Sydney club Rugby League competition, which had been running continuously since 1908.

Super Rugby is a professional men’s rugby union club competition currently involving teams from Australia and New Zealand. It previously included teams from South Africa, Argentina and Japan.

The National Basketball League (NBL) is a men’s professional basketball league in Oceania, currently composed of nine teams: Eight in Australia and one in New Zealand. It is the premier professional men’s basketball league in Australia and New Zealand.

M&OP has also welcomed an array of major events including the Australian Open, NBL Cup, Summertime at the Ballet (7,500-capacity Margaret Court Arena – sports venue in the City of Melbourne, Australia) and the State Memorial for Michael Gudinski AM (the 14,820-capacity Rod Laver Arena – arena in the City of Melbourne, Australia).

‘Melbourne & Olympic Parks’ further stated that the Australian Open and preceding warm-up series amassed 21 event days, while the NBL Cup welcomed all nine teams to Melbourne for 32 games across 16 event days at the John Cain Arena.

Following a challenging 2020 for its partners, M&OP is looking forward to a busy 2021, including the opening of its new function and conference venue, CENTRPIECE at Melbourne Park, later in the year.

The CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park is a dedicated event venue located in the heart of the Melbourne & Olympic Parks sporting and entertainment precinct. It has been designed to offer a complete conference center within one venue.

The 10,500-capacity Melbourne Park is a sports venue owned by Melbourne & Olympic Parks.

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