MSAC's History: A step back in time


Designed by Peddle Thorp Architects and built by Baulderstone Hornibrook, MSAC opened its doors in July 1997. The construction was jointly funded by the Victorian State Government and the City of Port Phillip, who wanted to establish a first class sports and aquatic centre to inspire and support the local community to a healthier lifestyle, as well as cement Melbourne’s reputation as a world leader in sports and recreational facilities.

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 and the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships. In 2006, a new 50m outdoor pool was opened as part of MSAC’s ongoing redevelopment. In 2008, the outdoor pool was upgraded and became the world’s first 50m swimming pool with a moveable floor.



Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre offers internationally recognised state of the art aquatic facilities. Hosting both the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships, MSAC has a wide range of aquatic facilities to suit every persons needs. Ranging from professional aquatic usage to family recreational play the facilities at MSAC are built to impress.

Our wide range of facilities include:

  • Indoor Pools including 50m competition pool and 25m lap pool
  • Multi Purpose pool
  • Outdoor 50m Pool
  • Wave pool including toddlers play area
  • Spa, Sauna and Steam Room
  • Water slide
  • Dive boards
  • Hydrotherapy Pools


MSAC’s stadium facilities include a show court suitable for international basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and martial arts events, plus two sports halls which are regularly used for basketball, badminton and table tennis.

Stadium facilities include:

  • 10 court squash facility with international standard glass show court
  • 12 court badminton stadium
  • 27 table table tennis facility
  • 10 court basketball facility including the 1800 seat show court
  • 3 volleyball Courts

Children’s Programs

Healthy habits start from childhood, so we’ve made sure to provide plenty of programs and facilities just for kids. From perfect parties to our creative crèche and more, MSAC has everything you need to keep your little ones smiling – and active! MSAC for kids includes:

  • SplashOUT
  • Planet Sport School Holiday Program
  • Creche
  • Swim School
  • Birthday Parties
  • School Programs