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HOW WILL THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN LOOK FOR FANS THIS YEAR?

Posted By Jack Langdon  
26/01/2021
23:10 PM

The team at the Australian Open have done everything possible to provide fans with a high quality COVID-safe experience at Melbourne Park this year. 

The park has been split into three zones – Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and John Cain Arena.  

The Rod Laver Arena zone will get you into centre court but will provide just that, meaning there is no entry to the outside courts. Margaret Court Arena zone will get you into the second best court as well as 1573 Arena (formally Court 2), the outside western courts and Garden Square. Lastly, John Cain Arena zone will replace the ground passes this year. Fans will have access to the John Cain Arena (formally Melbourne Arena), two eastern courts and all of the practice courts. 

Tennis fan, Gedda Kelly, stated that he is very excited to go to JCA Arena, as every year “Nick Kyrgios never ceases to amaze me with his creativity” at the ‘people’s court.’ 

Last year Kyrgios defeated Karen Khachanov in four hours and 26 minutes on JCA Arena.  

Close to 35% of normal capacity tickets have been released, with the potential for more depending on the state government.  

Grand Slam Oval will also return, to the delight of many, dedicated to regional areas of Victoria. Furthermore, patrons can also buy tickets to Garden Square to watch the games on the big screen. 

As part of our planning to ensure safety for everyone, all fans will require a ticket which includes a stadium seat in one of the three zones, and which also allows access to great food, music and other activities within their specific zone,” Australian Open Tournament Director, Craig Tiley stated. 

Stadium start times will also be staggered in order to minimise social interaction at the event. 

Local tennis player Tessa van Veenendaal explained to the First Serve that “I’m very excited to still be able to go watch the sport I love in a safe environment, with lots on offer in each zone.” 

Ticket prices have not changed from last year and in some instances have even been reduced for 2021, taking into account what each zone has to offer.  

The safety plans at the Australian Open were placed under review after it was announced that there was a positive test at the MCG Boxing Day Test earlier in the month.  

Tickets are still available for the Grand Slam, but fans in Adelaide have not been as lucky in securing a seat at the tournament in their backyard. Many believed the tickets for ‘A Day at the Drive’ were going on sale at 11:30AM January 20th. Many were shocked when they logged on and there was already an online queue. 

“This is really unfair, next time just say when the wait list will open, one online user stated.  

Tickets for the Australian Open start at $49 for weekdays, $59 for weekends and $39 for children and concessions.