Melbourne’s sporting credentials on show at SportNXT summit


CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park recently hosted the inaugural SportNXT summit, bringing together over 50 global leaders representing every facet of the sporting world.

The two-day live conference examined the issues and opportunities that will shape the future of sport, with marquee speakers including NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, US women’s national soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe and Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“Primely positioned among the best of Australian sporting venues, CENTREPIECE presented itself as the perfect backdrop for a global sport business conference like SportNXT,” said SportNXT event director Bart Campbell.

“Our delegates were able to experience the precinct’s unique offering, made even more special by the F1 being in town. Melbourne’s capabilities as a major event host is undeniable, and CENTREPIECE is a fantastic new addition to the city’s event offering.”

The venue’s grand hall hosted 700 guests across two days of panel discussions, keynote speeches and valuable networking opportunities.

Melbourne & Olympic Parks CEO John Harnden participated in a panel discussion on “Visioning the New Live!” moderated by SportNXT Chair Eddie McGuire, which explored the future of live events.

Harnden spoke about the opportunities to use technology as the enhancer, rather than the replacement for live events, and emphasised the holistic guest experience as key to the future of live.

The final day of the summit was reserved for curated site visits to selected sports infrastructure in and around Melbourne.

“What a fabulous opportunity it has been to host the sport industry’s most prominent leaders and thinkers here at CENTREPIECE, showcasing our incredible sporting and events precinct in Melbourne Park,” said Melbourne and Olympic Parks director of commercial Sam Eustice.

“Sport and events have clearly been impacted these last couple of years, but the success of SportNXT has us excited to see what the future holds for the industry and CENTREPIECE is proud to play a role in it.”