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Show Court Arena, also known by naming rights sponsorship as Kia Arena, is an open-air tennis stadium located in Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The arena opened in advance of the 2022 Australian Open. It seats 5,000 spectators and is the fourth-largest tennis venue at Melbourne Park.

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In April 2017, the Victorian Government announced it would proceed with the third and final stage of the ongoing redevelopment of the Melbourne Park sporting and entertainment precinct, which had begun in 2010.[1] The construction of Show Court Arena was the most prominent component of this redevelopment stage, which came at an overall cost of $271.5 million.[2] The arena is situated on the site of the old Eastern Courts 16-23, between Rod Laver Arena and John Cain Arena, and slightly to the north of the large public grassed area known as "Grand Slam Oval" during the Australian Open.[3][4] Demolition of the old courts and the adjacent function and broadcast centre (which itself was demolished and replaced with an upgraded facility) commenced in April 2019.[5]

The arena was constructed with approximately 270 tonnes of steel fabricated entirely in Victoria.[4] It is partially sunken into the ground and has an open-roof structure which provides shade and cover protection for most of the spectators seated in the arena.[4] Unlike the three larger venues at Melbourne Park (Rod Laver Arena, John Cain Arena and Margaret Court Arena), the arena does not have a retractable roof capable of being shut during inclement weather.[4] The arena's roof structure was completed in February 2021,[6] with the seating and interior facilities completed in October that year.[7]

Kia Forum (formerly The Forum) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Inglewood, California, United States, adjacent to Los Angeles. Located between West Manchester Boulevard, across Pincay Drive and Kareem Court, it is north of SoFi Stadium and the Hollywood Park Casino, and about 3 miles (4.8 km) east of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The Forum opened on December 30, 1967. Architect Charles Luckman's vision was realized by engineers Carl Johnson and Svend Nielsen. It was a groundbreaking structure without extensive internal support pillars that was unique in an indoor arena the size of the Forum.[2]

In 2000, the Forum was acquired by the Faithful Central Bible Church, which used it for occasional church services and leased it for sporting events, concerts, and other events. In 2012, the Forum was purchased by the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), for $23.5 million; MSG announced plans to renovate the arena as a world-class concert venue.[3] On September 24, 2014, the Forum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On March 24, 2020, Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer purchased The Forum from MSG for $400 million.

Between 1970 and 1977 Led Zeppelin performed 16 times at the Forum, including a run of six sold-out dates in 1977. Part of their live album, How the West Was Won, was recorded at the arena. The band's first 1977 show is the source of the bootleg Listen to This Eddie. Another bootleg from the Forum shows, For Badgeholders Only, contains one of the last live performances by Keith Moon on drums, with his surprise performance there.

In 1981, Diana Ross filmed the concert portion of her Diana television special at the Forum, entering the arena through the audience and singing her 1980 Billboard top-five hit "I'm Coming Out". Guests included Quincy Jones (who conducted a performance of "Home" from The Wiz) and Michael Jackson, who joined Ross onstage for a performance of her 1980 number-one song "Upside Down". The special began with Ross in a photo session atop the Forum in a silver lamé bodysuit with large, silver-lamé wings.

In 1984, the Forum hosted the basketball tournaments and the men's handball finals of the 1984 Summer Olympics.[18] The arena hosted Amnesty International's June 6, 1986 A Conspiracy of Hope benefit concert, headlined by U2 and Sting and featuring Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez and the Neville Brothers.

On December 5, 1988, it was announced that Jerry Buss sold the arena's naming rights to Great Western Savings & Loan,[20] coinciding with the arrival in Los Angeles of hockey star Wayne Gretzky. The building exterior was repainted blue, replacing its original "California sunset red." It was renamed the Great Western Forum; the name was retained for several years, even after Great Western was acquired by Washington Mutual (now Chase) and ceased to exist. Although naming-rights agreements are now commonplace in major American sports, they were rare at the time of Buss's deal with Great Western.[21] There was some initial criticism of the name change, and local residents continued to call the arena "the Forum."[22][23] Adverse reaction was eventually muted; Great Western Forum sounded like a natural name because of the arena's location in the western United States.[24]

The Forum hosted the 1991 NBA Finals and was the site of the Chicago Bulls' first NBA championship victory. It also hosted Games 3 and 4 of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals between the Kings and Montreal Canadiens, the only time the Stanley Cup Finals was held at the arena. Coincidentally, Montreal's home rink at the time was also called the Forum.

By the middle of the decade the Great Western Forum was considered too small; it lacked luxury boxes and had insufficient retail and commercial space. Los Angeles officials, seeking to redevelop the city center, began planning a new downtown sports arena and entertainment complex and hoped to attract the Lakers and Kings from Inglewood.

The Kings' owners, who were real-estate developers, agreed to develop the complex; Buss agreed to move the Lakers into the new arena as co-tenants with the Kings and a third tenant, the NBA's Clippers, who would move there from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The new Staples Center (now Arena) opened on October 17, 1999; as part of the deal, Buss sold the Great Western Forum to the L. A. Arena Company (which was controlled by the Kings' owners).

Faithful Central Bible Church, with a congregation of over 12,000, purchased the Great Western Forum at the end of 2000 and began holding church services there on Sunday mornings.[26] Unlike Houston's Lakewood Church, which converted the former Summit into their church, Faithful Central representatives said that they never intended to convert the arena for religious purposes; in 2009, the church discontinued their regular use of the Forum for services.[27]

During the Faithful Central ownership, the arena was available for concerts, sporting events and other activities requiring a large venue. It was owned by the church's for-profit entity, Forum Enterprises, which accommodated secular and pop-music artists. The church influenced the approval of performers, however; in 2005 and 2009 the Forum refused to allow performances by heavy metal band Lamb of God, whose former name was Burn the Priest.[citation needed]

In 2011, Prince began a 21-show run at the Forum.[28] After acquiring the arena in June 2012, the Madison Square Garden Company announced plans for a $50 million renovation.[29] The City of Inglewood made an $18 million commercial-rehabilitation loan, contingent on MSG's $50 million investment.[3][30] The arena was renamed "The Forum, presented by Chase" to reflect its sponsor, Chase Bank (which had incidentally purchased Great Western's legal successor, Washington Mutual, a few years earlier[31]), and its exterior returned to the original red. New features also included new lighting, new seating, LED video systems and HD screen and new retail.[32]

On August 24, 2014, the arena hosted the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, the first major awards show at the Forum.[39] The arena was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 24, 2014.[40]

On October 11, 2019, Japanese kawaii metal band Babymetal performed at The Forum, making them the first Japanese band to headline the arena. The show is part of the Metal Galaxy World Tour 2019, a promotional tour for the group's third album Metal Galaxy, which released on October 11, 2019; simultaneously with the show.

On March 24, 2020, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer announced that he had agreed to acquire the Forum from MSG for $400 million. The acquisition was needed in order to enable the construction of the Clippers' new Intuit Dome in Inglewood; the Clippers accused MSG of using litigation to block construction of the new arena, which they feared would cannibalize the Forum's live events business.[55][56]

From the outside, the arena is defined by two distinct bands. The base: a solid, polished plaster volume is disrupted only for programmatic elements. The steel cantilever of the roof balances maximum weather coverage against steel tonnage. We achieved the highest standard of broadcast sports lighting requirements by fine-tuning a solution for the leading edge of the cantilever to integrate the LED lighting.

We worked with RWA Sports Architecture to ensure that internally, the arena focusses on the action in the field of play at its centre. Each element; from the bowl profile, the seating layout, roof cover to the back of house circulation spaces was designed for an equal, in-the-round patron experience. Universal access was a key driver at every stage of the design process. Entrance from the concourse level ensures that the accessible and enhanced amenity seating is in the prime viewing spot. At least one percent of all the seats in the arena are wheelchair accessible, which is a rare achievement.

Kia Arena is a new 5,000-seat multi-purpose outdoor arena located between Rod Laver Arena and John Cain Arena at Melbourne Park. Officially opened ahead of the 2022 Australian Open, the venue was known as Show Court Arena during construction, with its multi-year commercial naming rights deal with the major sponsor of the Australian Open unveiled in January. The arena formed part of the $271.5 million third and final stage of the ten year Melbourne Park redevelopment, which also incorporated the CENTREPIECE function centre. Kia Arena features a roof, lights and two video screens. 041b061a72


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