Australian Open tickets on sale Wednesday for reduced-capacity Melbourne Park
Tickets to the 2021 Australian Open go on sale to the public on Wednesday, as details are confirmed for the tournament which starts on February 8.
Melbourne Park will have a reduced capacity for the tournament, with organisers hoping to have between 50% and 75% of capacity by February, if approved by the state government. Starting later than usual, the tournament will run from February 8 with the men’s final on February 21.
When tickets go on sale at noon on Wednesday, just 25% – or about 203,000 of the usual 800,000-plus ticket allowance will be available for fans to purchase. Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster here and see below for seating maps.
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Melbourne Park will be split into three zones which fans can purchase tickets for – Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and John Cain Arena (formerly Melbourne Arena). The popular ground pass tickets will not be made available initially but may go on sale closer to the event if allowed by the government.
Each ticket will be allocated to a single zone, which will have its own entrance, separate pathways and access to specific areas of the venue, with fans unable to roam between the different zones within the expansive Melbourne Park site.
The Rod Laver Arena zone will limit fans to the centre court and most of popular food, drinks and sponsor activation zone Grand Slam Oval.
Fans with Margaret Court Arena zone tickets will allow also be allowed to access outside courts on the city side of Melbourne Park and Garden Square, where fans sit and watch action on the big screen.
The John Cain Arena zone will give fans access to the newly-named venue formerly known as Melbourne Arena as well as outside courts east of Rod Laver Arena, the practice village where players warm up and a section of Grand Slam Oval.
Australian Open and Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley said the event would “be a great celebration for Melbourne and all Victoria after an incredibly tough year’’.
“Although our event will look a little different as we prioritise safety for everyone, it’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to come together and experience many of the best things about Melbourne,’’ he said.
The popular music precinct AO Live Stage will not go ahead at the 2021 tournament to avoid close physical fan contact.
For the first time, all tickets will be digital with fans having to use their mobile phone to scan in, while within the venue, everything will be cashless and QR codes will be in place to assist with Covid contact tracing.
Starting prices for stadium tickets will be the same or cheaper as 2020, with John Cain Arena from $49 weekdays and $59 weekends and Margaret Court Arena from $56 for day sessions and $60 for nights. Rod Laver Arena seats will be frozen at this year’s $62 day and $65 night starting price.
The traditional lead-in tournaments have been relocated from around Australia to Melbourne Park, with details to be confirmed shortly. The summer of tennis may also be extended, with the prospect of additional tournaments following the Australian Open.