Outdoor Pool Opening
MSAC was opened on the 24th of July 1997 after 18 months of building. The centre cost $65 million to build and was funded by the State Government and the City of Port Phillip. MSAC was designed by Peddle Thorp Architects and built by Baulderstone Hornibrook, replacing some of the old, individual sports stadiums (including basketball, table tennis and badminton) located on the site.
MSAC is overseen by the State Sport Centres Trust (SSCT), a statutory authority, which also manages the State Netball Hockey Centre and the MSAC Institute of Training.
Since its opening, MSAC has held thousands of events ranging from local swimming carnivals and basketball tournaments, through to international events including the 2006 Commonwealth Games (M2006) and the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships (M2007).
MSAC has a continued focus on the maintenance of its facilities to ensure they remain world-class. As part of this focus, MSAC has undergone redevelopment to include a number of new and upgraded facilities.
In 2003, MSAC opened the Wellness Zone on Level 3 which is open to all Health and Wellness members. The Wellness Zone has since grown to include a hydrotherapy pool plus two specialist yoga and Pilates studios.
On July 8th 2006, a new 50m outdoor pool was opened as part of MSAC’s ongoing redevelopment and in preparation for M2006 and M2007. In 2008, the outdoor pool was upgraded and became the world’s first 50m swimming pool with a moveable floor.
MSAC continues to stage world-class events while developing its programs and facilities to ensure they remain state-of-the-art.