Novak Djokovic, Australian Open’s crowned king, already caught the eyes of passersby in Melbourne Park where he appeared on an advertising board to hide the works going on for the redevelopment started in 2010. “A hoarding featuring an image of reigning men’s Open champion Novak Djokovic has been erected at Melbourne Park this week, concealing from view progress that has been made in the $271.5 million third and final stage of the redevelopment, which is due to be completed in time for the 2023 Australian Open”.
, according to an official media release. After the third stage of the project started in 2010 will be done, the Australian Open will have a new multi-purpose show court arena, a function and media centre, two new match courts plus a central logistics hub.
Work is well under way with steel already going up on the third level of the function and media centre “The redevelopment of Melbourne Park will make sure that it remains on the very top rung of sporting and entertainment precincts around the world”.
, said the Australian Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula. The reimagining of Melbourne Park has enabled the Andrews Labor Government to lock in the Open until at least 2036, securing an annual tourism bonanza for the state.
No wonder about this as the 2019 Australian Open attracted a record attendance of just under 800,000 with 55 per cent of Australian patrons coming from outside Melbourne and 14 per cent from overseas. The 2020 edition of the Grand Slam will start on 20th January.