CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, a new state-of-the-art conference and events centre, will open its doors in September this year.
The new venue â€“ spanning across three storeys â€“ has the capabilities to host a mix of events such as intimate dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, galas, functions, and more.
Level one, adjacent to Garden Square is a public cafÃ© and restaurant. This space is available to be hired exclusively for events or can be the venue for social events hosted in conjunction with a conference.
Level two, adjacent to Rod Laver Arena and the new Tennis Show Court, sits The Grand Hall and Pre-Function space. The Grand Hall is a versatile space that is complemented by an outdoor terrace with uninterrupted views of the Melbourne CBD. This 2,000m2 space is divisible by three if required, and is perfect for conferences from 200 to 1,000 guests, a gala dinner of 1,400 guests or a cocktail party for 3,000 guests.
CENTREPIECE is also connected to a large outdoor piazza that can be used for activations and displays or for a VIP red carpet arrival. The venue is also connected to Tennis HQ, which boasts more than 1,000m2 of breakout spaces with an exclusive dedicated cafÃ© for event guests.
On level three there will be more breakout rooms that can be used in conjunction with an event at The Grand Hall, or for smaller conferences. There are 10 studios that can seat between 10 to 100 guests, an auditorium for 250 guests, three outdoor terraces, and an additional five meeting rooms.
The venue’s general manager of premier events & experiences, Lara Burnes, has been eagerly anticipating the grand opening after more than four years of planning and three years of construction.
â€œWith CENTREPIECE located within our iconic Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct, the new venue will also become the official media centre for the Australian Open 2022. This year we were able to enjoy a sneak peek into how our venue will support the Aus Open, as well as interact with its surrounding sister venues,” she added.
This announcement comes as the Associations Forum National Conference confirmed the venue as its 2021 host. The conference will take place from September 6-7, and welcome hundreds of senior executives and board members from across Australia to Melbourne.