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    GMHBA Stadium Geelong

    01.11.2017

    A new name for the home of sport in Geelong – GHMBA Stadium. Originally built in 1941, GMHBA Stadium is the heart and soul of Geelong and is home to the Geelong Cats. Recent venue upgrades have transformed GMHBA Stadium from a regional venue into a first-class multi-purpose venue.

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    A new name for the home of sport in Geelong – GHMBA Stadium. Originally built in 1941, GMHBA Stadium is the heart and soul of Geelong and is home to the Geelong Cats. Recent venue upgrades have transformed GMHBA Stadium from a regional venue into a first-class multi-purpose venue.

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    Davis Cup semi-finals at the Queensland Tennis Centre

    07.04.2017

    Australia advances to the Davis Cup semi-finals after beating the United States 3-1 at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane.

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    Australia advances to the Davis Cup semi-finals after beating the United States 3-1 at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane.

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    Adele Concert at The Gabba

    14.03.2017

    Each of the two nights, 91 food and beverage outlets at the Gabba were opened and 1,600 food and beverage staff were employed. Adele fans went through 30,000 bottles of wine, 1,000 crates of champagne, over 1 tonne of seafood and 1250 kilograms of cheese and crackers.

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    Each of the two nights, 91 food and beverage outlets at the Gabba were opened and 1,600 food and beverage staff were employed. Adele fans went through 30,000 bottles of wine, 1,000 crates of champagne, over 1 tonne of seafood and 1250 kilograms of cheese and crackers.

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    The Hayne Plane back in the game

    09.08.2016

    Jarred Hayne plays his first game for the Gold Coast Titans at a sell out O’Brien Group Australia venue CBUS Super Stadium

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    Jarred Hayne on Sunday August 7 played his first game for the Gold Coast Titans at a sell out O’Brien Group Australia venue CBUS Super Stadium.

    The Hayne Plane has reignited fans who are returning in large numbers to see their beloved Titans in action.

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    Big boost for ice sports at Australia’s premier venue

    09.12.2015

    Australia’s premier ice sports and entertainment venue, in Docklands, Melbourne, has been renamed the O’Brien Group Arena as part of a multi-million dollar deal which will see a major upgrade for the facility.

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    Australia’s premier ice sports and entertainment venue, in Docklands, Melbourne, has been renamed the O’Brien Group Arena as part of a multi-million dollar deal which will see a major upgrade for the facility.

    O’Brien Group Australia, Australia’s largest privately-owned hospitality and leisure company, has undertaken an $8 million sponsorship of the re-named O’Brien Group Arena, as part of its $250 million venue management lease.

    Details were released today of the multi-million dollar renovation of the O’Brien Group Arena, designed to provide participants and spectators with an outstanding visitor experience and to ensure its stature and reputation as the Southern Hemispheres  premier ice sports and entertainment venue is retained.

    The upgrade includes:

    > New state-of-the-art ice chiller technology which will reduce energy consumption.
    > Reconfigured viewing areas and increased spectator capacity.
    > New hospitality, gymnasium and event facilities.
    > A major systems upgrade which will enable on-line bookings, easier entry and exit, better customer engagement including free Wi-Fi and a new membership program.
    > New state-of-the-art electronic signage which will raise the visual presence of the venue.

    The world-class facility, built in 2010, is the only ice sports venue in Australia to feature two Olympic size ice rinks under the one roof.

    It’s the home of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, the National Ice Hockey Academy and Ski and Snowboard Australia, a centre for competition ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and curling, and a fun place for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy recreational skating.

    More than 800,000 people visit the centre each year, from casual skaters and spectators watching Australian Ice Hockey League matches, to elite athletes training and competing in major ice sporting events.  It’s been the venue for the past 3 Australian Ice Hockey League finals.

    O’Brien Group Australia director, Michael Xavier O’Brien, said the O’Brien Group Arena has the potential to be one of the greatest sporting arenas in Australia, significantly increasing visitation to Melbourne, and Docklands.

    “By upgrading what is already a world-class facility, we’ll give visitors an even better experience, and increase Melbourne’s leadership in the exciting and growing field of ice sports.

    “Ice sports are among the fastest growing sports in Australia, and we aim to ensure the O’Brien Group Arena plays a central role in helping drive continued growth. More and more people are participating in speed skating, figure skating, curling and ice hockey programs.

    “As well as hosting the Australian Ice Hockey League finals, we are targeting a number of major national and international events to be staged at the O’Brien Group Arena. We will also look to democratise the Arena spaces to target off-ice events.

    “Our two local Australian Ice Hockey League teams, Melbourne Ice and Mustangs, are playing to sell-out crowds. Ice Hockey, commonly known as “the fastest game on earth”, is living up to its reputation with teams playing on the best ice surface in Australasia,” Mr O’Brien said.

    Mr O’Brien acknowledged the support of the Victorian Government, which contributed to the original construction cost and, along with the City of Melbourne, continues to play an active role in the venue’s success.

    Chairman of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, Mr Geoff Henke, AO, said the plans for the O’Brien Group Arena were a huge boost for ice sports in Australia.

    Raising the standard and the profile of the venue positions Melbourne well to compete for major national and international ice sport events, which in turn drives further public interest.

    “The O’Brien Group Arena has the potential to become as iconic a Melbourne sporting venue as the MCG”, Mr Henke said.

    The venue is continuing to operate during the upgrade works.

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    AAMI Park’s versatility proves unbeatable

    05.09.2015

    In 2005, AAMI Park announced it would house Melbourne’s first rectangular pitch stadium. The news penetrated the city’s dedicated rugby and soccer communities who had anticipated their own dedicated venue for decades.

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    In 2005, AAMI Park announced it would home Melbourne’s first rectangular pitch stadium. The news penetrated the city’s dedicated rugby and soccer communities who had anticipated their own dedicated venue for decades. In the 10-years that followed, the venue’s reputation evolved to be more than a prize in the nation’s sporting capital. Aami Park’s innovative design saw regarded as one of Melbourne’s most iconic eco-design jewels.

    This year two of the planet’s most popular artists will perform at AAMI Park, and begin a new chapter in the venue’s history and ever swelling reputation. Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran will bring their mammoth tours to Australian in December, and considering their duel reputation of selling out stadiums, the park’s 30,050 capacity means it’s the perfect venue to house their dedicated fans.

    While AAMI Park has an international reputation as a sporting facility, the central location and impressive lighting design means it’s also able to provide a home for megastars. The park regularly illuminates the city’s skyline with a custom lighting design that utilizes 1544 LED lights.

    Incredibly this feat is performed with minimal environmental impact. In line with the park’s sustainable design, the set up means they can flood the stadium using one tenth of the power usually used to carry off a similar effect.

    While AAMI Park’s reputation was firm before, the venue’s ability to transition from iconic sporting ground, to preferred home of visiting artists speaks to the power of design and a futuristic approach to sound and technology.

    aamipark.com.au

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    The Crystal Challenge returns for another exciting season

    07.08.2015

    Skaters from all around the country are invited to enter and compete for the prestigious Crystal Trophy at O’Brien Group Arena.

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    The O’Brien Group Arena routinely provides fun and fitness for children and adults, but many will admit the resident figure skaters are one of the primary appeals. Anyone lucky enough to spend a few hours enjoying the endlessly entertaining facility will speak to the skill of the local skaters who leap and spin through the air with ease many of us long to possess on solid ground.

    Members of this elegant tribe form the O’Brien Group Arena Figure Skating Club. Anyone who has observed them wouldn’t be surprised to hear they have a national status as a group. This is cemented by their yearly competition the Crystal Challenge; held at the venue from August 6th to August 9th.

    Skaters from all around the country are invited to enter and compete for the prestigious Crystal Trophy. Among the many categories are pairs, adults, synchronized, and this year include the national solo ice dance championship.

    Over 140 skaters from around Australia will compete, but for those of us who feel more comfortable on the sidelines, the event also serves as an inspiring afternoon of family entertainment. As well as a great way to celebrate the commitment and skills of participants of all ages. So dress warmly and don’t forget to treat yourself to a hot chocolate.

    obriengrouparena.com.au

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    O’Brien Group Australia secures iconic Melbourne hotel

    22.07.2015

    The purchase of Melbourne’s iconic Imperial Hotel by O’Brien Group Australia has secured the historic site against potential residential and commercial development.

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    The purchase of Melbourne’s iconic Imperial Hotel by the O’Brien Group, Australia’s largest family-owned venue management, hospitality and leisure company, has secured the historic site against potential residential and commercial development.

    The O’Brien Group Australia purchased the Imperial Hotel, on the blue-chip corner of Bourke and Spring Streets, Melbourne, in May for $11.45million at auction in bidding against active developers and overseas investors.

    The 2-storey brick-and-bluestone Imperial Hotel, built in 1858, stands on a 450 square metre site directly across from the Victorian Parliament.  It is a classic Melbourne hotel, and has long been a famous watering hole for politicians, journalists, artists and business people.  It also attracts a sports crowd, with screening of live sports events from around the globe with its unique 24-hour licence.         

    O’Brien Group Australia has confirmed it will retain the site’s existing use as an operating hotel, with no long-term plans to redevelop or on-sell the site.

    O’Brien Group Australia’s Director, Michael Xavier O’Brien, said he was drawn to the hotel due to its premium location at the ‘top end of town’, and its heritage appeal.

    “The Imperial Hotel celebrates the essence of Melbourne, without being cemented in tradition; it is a living reference to Melbourne’s glory days. There are few other hotels in the Melbourne CBD with such a rich history and story to tell.”

    The Imperial Hotel joins the O’Brien Group’s growing hospitality and leisure portfolio which includes 15 major venues throughout Australia and New Zealand.  In 2013 the O’Brien Group added the Cumberland Lorne Resort to its stable, and last year won the prized Medibank Icehouse contract, which has a contract value of $250million.

    “As a business we identify venues that align with our brand, passion and business model to own and operate sites that entertain our customers.

    “We are one of Australia’s largest stadium operators.  We continue to enter into and acquire venue management agreements in which we provide a comprehensive suite of integrated services, including ticketing, sponsorship rights, marketing and food and beverage operations – full scale venue management,” Mr O’Brien said.

    For further information please contact:

    O’Brien Group Head Office
     
    503 Queensberry Street,
    North Melbourne VIC 3051
     
    PO Box 332
    North Melbourne VIC 3051
     
    Phone (03) 9326 5200
    Fax (03) 9326 6266
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    Shake off winter with Lorne’s spring charms

    01.07.2015

    As Melbourne finds itself in the middle of a seemingly endless winter, many residents are dreaming of the moment when spring’s rays pierce our steely skies.

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    As Melbourne finds itself in the middle of a seemingly endless winter, many residents are dreaming of the moment when spring’s rays pierce our steely skies. When the seasons shift, it’s always been a tradition to venture down the coast in the search of fresh sea air and a revitalizing visit with nature.

    Just under two hours from Melbourne’s CBD, Lorne has long provided a convenient and much needed respite from the city. In spring, the town is at its best as the sea breeze compliments any creeping summer heat, and the surrounding area is at its most beautiful.

    Proven favorites like Cumberland Lorne guesthouses provide the comforts of home in an elegant setting. While produce from the surrounding areas (including the unparalleled sea bounty) ensure you’ll never eat better.

    During spring the beach is still an attraction for those with warm blood, but don’t forget the locale’s other treasures such as incredible fresh seafood at every corner, and the lush Erskine Falls.

    Finally, unwind with a drink from one of the many local wineries and cellar doors that punctuate the Great Ocean Road.

    The town hums and crackles to life over the weekend as holidaymakers swell its numbers. But don’t underestimate the allure of Lorne mid-week, when it’s quieter and you can take the time to breath, relax, and pretend for a moment you’re lucky enough to be a local.