New-look Melbourne Park for Australian Open 2019
Published: 11 January 2019
With the Australian Open 2019 set to start on Monday 14 January, Melbourne Park is ready to host the biggest names in world tennis.
New facilities have been delivered as part of the Victorian Government's $972 million upgrade.The new Eastern Annexe at Rod Laver Arena, dubbed the Player Pod, delivers a whole new welcome experience with a grand entrance and expanded concourse to one of Australia's most iconic sport and entertainment venues.
New food and beverage spaces with a rooftop terrace skyline view of the precinct including the Melbourne Cricket Ground will become one of Melbourne's best summer spots.
Rod Laver Arena now has greater protection from inclement weather with the newly upgraded retractable roof which can open and close in under five minutes.
The refurbishment includes enhanced accessibility pathways within the Arena and a widened concourse area that enables greater movement in and around one of Australia's most iconic sport and entertainment venues.
Australian Open 2019 is the largest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere and the biggest sporting event in the world in January.
It will feature the world's best tennis stars such as Serena Williams and Roger Federer, and home-grown aces Ashleigh Barty and Alex de Minaur.
Some of Australia's biggest music acts and artists from around the globe will be performing at the AO Live Stage, starting on the eve of the tournament.
This year's Open will also debut the inaugural AO Sports Film Festival, providing tennis fans with even more entertainment.
The Australian Open is the largest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere, and last year attracted a record breaking 743,667 fans. Of those more than 40 per cent were from interstate or overseas with online and broadcast coverage attracting close to a billion viewers.
Each year the Australian Open injects more than $290 million into the Victorian economy and creates more than 1000 jobs, making it one of the most significant major events in the state.
In addition, there's a new multi-purpose 5,000-seat show court arena on the way, as well as a new function and media centre as part of the $271.55 million stage three redevelopment. Work on this final stage of the redevelopment will start after the Australian Open 2019.
Australian Open 2019 runs from 14 – 27 January. For information, visit the Australian Open.