The Rod Laver Arena (RLA) refurbishment is a vital part of the $972m Melbourne Park Redevelopment in Victoria, a three-stage masterplan project built over ten years. Rod Laver Arena is the pre-eminent venue within Melbourne Park, hosting a range of high-profile events throughout the year and providing centre court for the annual Australian Open tennis Grand Slam. The objective of the redevelopment is to maintain the venue's ongoing viability for the next 25 years and to attract additional national and international events.
COX Architecture designed the original RLA, which opened in 1988, and 25 years later the firm was appointed to deliver the vital redevelopment works, comprising a $220m extension and upgrade. The redevelopment focused on two main elements; an upgrade to existing RLA Arena facilities with a series of amenity pods, and the striking new Eastern Pavilion.