Melbourne Park’s new Centrepiece opens its doors

The spiritual home of Australia’s sporting and entertainment capital has a brand-new event and conference venue, Centrepiece at Melbourne Park.

The new venue can host everything from large-scale conferences and major awards nights, weddings and gala celebrations including five-star dining experiences.

Spanning over 4,500 square metres across three levels and encompassed by open green spaces, and leading sporting and concert destinations in the iconic Rod Laver Arena and MCG, Centrepiece boasts unrivalled views of the Melbourne city skyline.

The venue features a 2,000 square-metre pillarless Grand Hall entirely configurable through its operable walls, with floor-to-ceiling windows projecting natural light across the 8.5-metre ceilings.

The Grand Hall Opens out to an 800 square-metre pre-function space and expansive outdoor terrace, with the venue also operating 15 breakout spaces including a 250-seat auditorium and purpose-built broadcast studios.

The food menu, curated by the executive chef of Delaware North Asif Mamun, will highlight locally sourced seasonal produce, driven by a paddock to plate philosophy. The team will also collaborate with Victorian wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Lara Burnes, general manager of premier events and experiences at Melbourne & Olympic Parks, said the appeal of Centrepiece lies in its versatility and state-of-the-art design.

“Inspired by Melbourne’s melting pot of arts, cultures and cuisines, Centrepiece is completely customisable,” she said.

“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.

“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.

“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.”