Live Entertainment, Sports & Arena Events

John Cain Arena has long been the home of the most iconic and world-class event experiences Australia has to offer.

The venue is notably acclaimed for hosting the Australian Open, as well as Melbourne's most celebrated sport and entertainment events.

John Cain Arena is home to a range of professional sporting teams, including Melbourne United & South East Melbourne Phoenix (Basketball) and the Melbourne Vixens & Collingwood Magpies (Netball).

The Arena offers promoters, sporting associations, and event organisers a perfect range of spaces for an outstanding audience experience.

An incredibly versatile venue which boasts an ICU internationally accredited 250 metre cycling track, a Plexicushion tennis court used predominantly for the Australian Open, concert quality acoustics, and innovative seating design that ensures spectators are close to the action at all times.

Our professional sporting facilities are unrivalled, with several sports-flooring and configuration options offering excellent conditions for athletes in our Arena.

We will work with your production and capacity requirements to create an unforgettable event.

Our venue offer a variety of configuration and mode options to suit your needs, and with first-class back of house spaces, artist and athlete rooms, and breakout spaces we can deliver hospitality services and production rooms to meet the highest expectations. 

John Cain Arena is capable of hosting world-class productions, including music concerts, family orientated performances, and dance parties, with unmatched facilities and expert support from our venue operations teams.

A dedicated secure entrance and loading dock ensures a seamless bump-in and bump-out experience.

Front-of-house, our venue’s guests enjoy a superior experience, with a focus on delivering comfort and convenience through a variety of food and beverage and retail options, excellent connectivity with public transport and parking, and first-rate customer service offered across all of our venues.

Be it for a tour of one of the world’s biggest musical acts, a sporting fixture, a theatre production, or an amazing event on the arena floor, we can bring it to life.

To discuss your venue hire requirements, please complete our Venue Hire Enquiry Form.