Melbourne and Olympic Parks opens new events venue

The world-class events venue has opened in the heart of Melbourne's sporting and entertainment precinct.

Melbourne and Olympic Parks has unveiled its brand-new events and conference venue, CENTREPIECE, located at Melbourne Park.

Situated amongst the renowned sporting and entertainment venues in Rod Laver Arena and AAMI Park, CENTREPIECE offers more than 4,500 square meters of fully customisable space across three levels.

Surrounded by open green spaces and boasting expansive city views, the venue features a suite of cutting-edge capabilities for hosting a variety of events from large-scale conferences, exhibitions, weddings, award nights, and gala celebrations including five-star dining experiences.

Inspired by Melbourne’s melting pot of cultures, cuisines, and arts, Melbourne & Olympic Parks general manager premier events and experience Lara Burnes said the appeal of CENTREPIECE lies in its versatility and state-of-the-art design.

“Capable of hosting unique events no matter how grand or intimate, Melbourne’s newest venue of choice will lie at the heart of the local and national events calendar,” Burnes said.

“The team at CENTREPIECE have experience and knowledge from various sectors within the industry and are well versed in events that get people talking and creating impactful experiences worth sharing.”

The venue features a 2,000 square metre pillarless Grand Hall which is entirely configurable through its operable walls, with floor-to-ceiling windows affording natural light throughout the space. It opens out to an 800 square metre pre-function space and large outdoor terrace, with a further 15 breakout spaces including a 250-seat auditorium and purpose-built broadcast studios.

Built around a concept of sustainability, CENTREPIECE’s architectural design is inspired by the native Australian landscape, while the dining menu, helmed by Delaware North executive chef Asif Mamun, highlights locally sourced seasonal produce, driven by a paddock to plate philosophy.

The Victoria-first approach will also see a collaboration with Victorian wineries, breweries and distilleries.

“While the past 18-months have been challenging for the industry internationally, we’ve taken it as an opportunity to create a world-leading events venue that will take us into the future,” Burnes said.

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