News 4 Apr 2019

AUS-X Open moving to Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium from 2019

Landmark expansion in Victorian coup for Australia's premier supercross.

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The 2019 Monster Energy AUS-X Open will take centre-stage at the famed Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria, in a landmark move following four years in Sydney.

Recognised as the premier stop on the Australian schedule and one of the most high-profile international supercross events globally, the AUS-X Open will return on 30 November.

Wednesday saw Wonthaggi MX Nationals MX1 round winner Luke Clout and CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team owner Craig Dack join AUS-X Open directors Adam Bailey and Ryan Sanderson, along with Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle, at Marvel Stadium to launch the event.

“Since its inception the AUS-X Open has grown from strength-to-strength to a point where we’ve found ourselves in the fortunate situation of needing to expand to cater for the growing appetite of supercross racing and more broader sports fans across the country,” commented AUS-X Open chairman and V8 Supercars founder Tony Cochrane.

“Melbourne is renowned for hosting some of the world’s greatest sporting events and what better place than Marvel Stadium to deliver a world-class event to a world-class audience.”

“The AUS-X Open Melbourne will be bigger, faster, louder, featuring more entertainment and greater accessibility to these international megastars than ever before and I can’t wait for November 30 to showcase this amazing spectacle to the people of Melbourne. It really has to be seen to be believed.”

After establishing Qudos Bank Arena in Homebush as its home since the inaugural edition in 2015, near 100,000 fans have experienced the AUS-X Open and now – as fans have been asking – it will travel south to Marvel Stadium (formerly Etihad Stadium) from 2019 as tipped in this week’s Motoview feature on MotoOnline.com.au.

AUS-X Open organisers have confirmed that the circuit will be of a world championship size in Melbourne, the scale and magnitude a first-ever for Marvel Stadium. The on-track action will be paired with freestyle motocross, live music, pyrotechnics and non-stop entertainment all under the one roof.

It will also be an engineering feat, arguably unmatched by any supercross event in the world and certainly one of the most challenging in Australian history, as supports imported and constructed in the lower level carpark prepare to handle the immense pressure of up to 6000 tonnes of dirt, machinery and infrastructure.

The AUS-X Open will move to Melbourne from Sydney as part of a partnership with the Victorian Government via its tourism and major events agency, Visit Victoria. It has the full support of the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, The Hon. Martin Pakula.

“Victoria is unmatched as the sporting and event capital of Australia and we’re so excited to bring the AUS-X Open to a world-class venue like Marvel Stadium,” stated Mr Pakula. “Melbourne’s sporting calendar continues to be the envy of cities across Australia and around the world.

“We’re thrilled to add AUS-X Open to the list, this November. Major events, such as the AUS-X Open, are hugely important to our visitor economy, helping to drive Melbourne’s international positioning and profile, tourism, branding and business links.”

Adding even greater excitement, the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne will double as the grand final round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, much to the delight of Doyle, the CEO of supercross sanctioning body MA. Additional rounds on the calendar remain to be confirmed.

“The Australian Supercross Championship is Australia’s premiere off-road motorcycle racing championship,” Doyle said. “To have the grand finale here in Melbourne, at an incredible event like the AUS-X Open, is a huge positive for the sport and fans alike.”

Marvel Stadium CEO Michael Green said the venue is thrilled to host world-class sporting talent along with thousands of avid fans: “We are very excited to work alongside AUS-X Open as the host venue for what will be a great event.

“We pride ourselves on the stadium’s multi-functionality and adaptability to deliver memorable fan experiences no matter the type of event. Marvel Stadium views the AUS-X Open event as a chance to showcase the venue’s versatility and show fans why Marvel Stadium continues to be one of the busiest multi-purpose stadia in the world.”

For more information and the exclusive opportunity to sign-up to access tickets during the pre-sale before they’re on sale to the public, you must ensure you sign up to an exclusive pre-sale ticketing opportunity at www.ausxopen.com. Pre-sale tickets will be available from 15 May via www.ticketmaster.com.au and will start at $39.99.

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