In April 2017, the Minister for Sport announced $271.55 million funding for stage three. Stage three of the MPR aims to bring the precinct together to elevate the profile of the Australian Open and ensure the event is secure in Melbourne well in to the future.
The central precinct is the main element of stage three and includes:
- The Upper Terrace including a new multipurpose 5000 seat Show Court/Arena and match court;
- A new 1000 seat Function and Media Centre including function rooms, pre-event spaces, interview rooms, a 200-seat auditorium and broadcast studios;
- A Broadcast Compound, which will be used as the Function Centre carpark year-round;
- A Central Logistics Hub including Central Kitchen and Central Loading Dock; and
- Completion of the Front of House public spaces and Back of House functions’ separation.
- North Match Courts – two new match courts in the north-west court ladder.
In November 2017 Development Victoria appointed NH Architecture and Snohetta to lead the design team for stage three of the Melbourne Park redevelopment, alongside AECOM as structural engineers and Aurecon as services engineers.
A construction contractor to undertake the works will be appointed in early 2019.