Leverrier Crescent, Bruce, Canberra
The AIS Arena was opened by the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Fraser, on 26 January 1981. The AIS Arena was originally called the National Indoor Sports Centre and was the inaugural home of the Australian Institute of Sport.
The building was designed by Phillip Cox & Partners. Architectural features include a 1200 tonne suspended concrete panel roof supported by 12 steel masts and 36 mainstay cables. The roof has a span of 100.4 metres. The stadium is partly set into the ground to reduce its scale and to establish a visual connection between the landscape and the mast and cable structure of the roof.As a venue for your next banquet, the AIS Arena can host dinners for up to 1200 guests. Alternatively, as a cocktail venue the AIS Arena can host 2500.
The AIS Arena also has the capacity for 5200 reserved seating with centre stage, 3450 full reserved seating with stage at one end, or 4264 with reserved seating using permanent and retractable seating plus general admission on floor. Reduced-mode configurations are available as required. Seating numbers can vary depending on final stage size and production requirements of the show; site lines may impede some seats thus reducing capacity.
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