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Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC)
MSAC
MSAC's Outdoor pool
Some attributes
First Location:

Albert Park

Second Opened:

July 24, 1997

Third Construction cost:

$65 million

Other attributes
Fourth Website:

www.msac.com.au

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) is an international sporting venue located in Albert Park. The centre was opened on the 24th of July 1997 at a construction cost of A$65 million. The cost was funded by the State Government of Victoria and the City of Port Phillip. The centre has hosted international events including the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 World Aquatics Championships.

The centre has several swimming pools and international standard diving facilities. There is a large multi-purpose sports hall used for sports such as badminton, basketball, table tennis, and volleyball, and also squash courts and a gym.

The centre is accessible by tram routes 96 and 112.

Construction

Stage 1

The first part of MSAC's construction was completed in 1997. This included the majority of the facilities currently at MSAC including the indoor pools and the sports hall.

Stage 2

In 2002, it was announced that the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre would be expanded in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. A new hydrotherapy pool, a new 50 metre outdoor pool and improved transport links were some of the facilities added in the $51 million expansion. Work began on the Stage 2 project in September 2003. The expansion opened in early 2006. Since then, a movable floor was installed in the 50m outdoor pool which allows the water depth to be varied.

Facilities

The centre boasts numerous facilities.

Aquatics

  • Msac swimming

    25m Lap Pool

    Indoor 50m pool
  • 25m lap pool
  • Multi-purpose pool
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Outdoor 50m pool
  • Wave pool
  • Diving boards
  • Water Slide

Sport

  • 10 indoor basketball courts
  • 10 squash courts
  • 12 badminton courts
  • 18 table tennis tables
  • 3 volleyball courts

Events

MSAC regularly hosts many events including state and national championships. Among the major events MSAC has hosted are:

  • 2006 Commonwealth Games - squash, diving, swimming, table tennis
  • 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships - diving
  • NBL games for Melbourne Tigers

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