A dramatic end to the Olympic Boulevard, Bligh Voller Nield's Sydney International Tennis Centre provides an intimate, open environment with excellent sightlines
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Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre

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BVN and Building Design Partnership
Olympic Coordination Authority
Sydney Olympic Park, Rod Laver Drive, Homebush Bay, NSW
September 1, 1999
Full Architectural Services


Elegant and dramatic tennis facility with advanced environmentally sustainable design features

The Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre was the tennis venue for the 2000 Olympics Games and is the headquarters of Tennis NSW. The Centre comprises 16 courts which include 10 match courts and six practice courts. The match courts include the centre court stadium and two show courts. The centre court holds 10,300 spectators and offers 70 percent roof coverage. The show courts accommodate 4000 and 2000 spectators respectively. The courts are hard courts, surfaced with Rebound Ace, an Australian cushioned acrylic surfacing. The Players’ Building houses the head office for Tennis NSW as well as change areas, venue management, tournament management, a tennis museum, locker rooms and amenity areas.

The overall site area is on the southern edge of the Homebush Bay Olympic Park site, with the elegant and dramatic centre court positioned to ‘close’ the 1.5km long Olympic Boulevard. A cost-effective design solution for the centre court assisted Tennis NSW, the operator, in expanding the capacity of the centre court, which is the prime driver of revenue at such a venue.

The complex masterplanning required provision for a number of modes of operation including temporary Olympic ‘overlay’ and annual ‘Super Nine’ level tournaments, future development phases including expanded club and training facilities. The Centre also delivers new standards for this type of facility in terms of environmental sensitivity.

BVN and Studio Nield developed design concepts for fully enclosing the Ken Rosewall Arena with an operable roof. Fully enclosing the Arena provided the arena greater flexibility for tournaments, reducing inclement weather interruptions and importantly, allowing a range of sporting and event functions including netball, basketball and major entertainment events to be held in the arena.


Sydney Olympic Park, Rod Laver Drive, Homebush Bay, NSW


The Royal Australian Institute of Architects Sir John Sulman Award
The Royal Australian Institute of Architects The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture Commendation
BHP NSW Colorbond Award
BHP National Colorbond Award
Silver Medal IOC/IAKS Award

Brief Elements

  • 10 match courts
  • 10,500 seat centre court stadium
  • 12 match courts and associated facilities
  • 16 tennis courts
  • 3 competition courts
  • 6 practice courts
  • Cafe
  • Function centre
  • Pro-shop