AIME delegates get first look at Centrepiece at Melbourne Park

A group of event profs donned high-vis vests and hard hats for the first ever tour of the venue.

A group of event buyers and media were the first to step foot on the construction site of Centrepiece at Melbourne Park, during AIME this week.

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) hosted a small group of AIME delegates on Monday 17 March to take part in the first hard hat tour of the venue, slated for completion in late 2021.

Donning high-vis vests and hard hats, the group stepped onto the newly laid concrete slab, which will soon be home to a three-level event centre within the sporting precinct.

Melbourne & Olympic Parks’ Steven Kourasanis and Lara Burnes leading delegates on the site tour

The venue will offer indoor and outdoor function spaces, including the main ballroom with capacity for seated events for 1400 guests or 3000 pax cocktail events.

M&OP general manager of premier events and experiences Lara Burnes said AIME presented an opportunity to showcase the capabilities of Centrepiece at Melbourne Park.

A crane has just arrived on site

“Located only minutes away from Melbourne’s lively city, we’re looking forward to guiding delegates on how we can help enhance their event and, more importantly, create unforgettable marvellous moments,” she said.

Burnes said the venue will offer an “outstanding culinary experience” for international and domestic event delegates.

“Our paddock-to-plate philosophy will be represented by a menu that showcases locally sourced and seasonal produce, craft beers, Victorian wines and exceptional coffee,” she said.

Centrepiece at Melbourne Park is the third and final stage of the precinct’s $972 million redevelopment, which also includes a 5000-seat show court arena, production kitchen and updates to existing venues such as Rod Laver Arena.

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