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Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC)
is an international sporting venue located in Albert Park, Victoria, Australia. The centre was opened on 24 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 center 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. It is one of four sporting facilities in Melbourne
– the others being the State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHC), the MSAC Institute of Training
(MIT) and Lakeside Stadium – to be organised under the banner of Melbourne Sports Hub,
and is operated by the State Sports Centres Trust. The centre is accessible by tram routes 12
and 96 which both pass near Southern Cross railway station and the Melbourne City Centre.==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.===Stage 3===
In 2016 Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre invested many hundreds of dollars into their
internal and customer facing technology systems, which introduced the ability to book online
and pay for certain court-based sports including: Table Tennis, Squash, Volley Ball and Badminton
courts. Unfortunately the implementation has been
marred with bugs and security issues with no apparent appetite to fix, leading to many
customers having to continue to book these facilities over the phone.==Facilities==
The centre boasts numerous facilities.===Aquatics===
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: 2005 Summer Deaflympics
2006 Commonwealth Games – squash, diving, swimming, table tennis
2007 FINA World Swimming Championships – diving 2007 and 2008 Australian Club Championships
NBL games for Victoria Giants Charlene Wittstock, the future Princess of
Monaco, won a gold medal for South Africa in the 2002 World Cup held at MSAC. She returned to the MSAC on a royal visit
to Melbourne in March 2012.==External links==
MSAC official website Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (Pool)
at Austadiums Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (Show
Court) at Austadiums

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