Melbourne Multi Purpose Venue
(known as Hisense Arena
since 2008 due to naming rights) is a sports venue that is part of the Melbourne Park
complex, in Melbourne
Construction of the arena, which has a maximum capacity of 11,000 people, commenced in the late 1990s, and was completed in 2000. It was originally called the Multi-Purpose Venue, until the naming rights were sold to Vodafone
. The arena features a cycling track which is covered over with seating for court events. The tennis court is a Plexicushion
surface and the roof is retractable, making it one of the few venues where tennis can be played during rain.
The South Dragons NBL
team had made the Venue its home court. Formerly, the Victoria Titans
and Melbourne Tigers
used it as their home, until high rental prices forced the teams to find other venues. Until this recent move the venue was largely empty outside of the two weeks of the Australian Open
tennis tournament. The Dragons withdrew from the competition after winning the championship in 2009, leaving the arena and the NBL.
In August 2004, the Multi Purpose Venue hosted its only WWE
show as part of the Return of the Deadman Tour. It has been used for netball
since 1997 for Melbourne Phoenix