Melbourne Park is a sports venue complex that forms part of the wider Melbourne Sports and and Entertainment Precinct. The venue is the home of the Australian Open tennis tournament, one of the sport’s four Grand Slam events.
The venue features three arena’s with retractable roofs – the 15,000 capacity Rod Laver Arena, 10,500 capacity John Cain Arena and 7,500 Margaret Court Arena. There are two show courts each with a capacity of 3,000, as well as a further 35 match day and practice courts that make up the National Tennis Centre.
The venue opened in 1988 as the new home of the Australian Open, replacing the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club which the event had outgrown. It was originally known as Flinders Park until 1996, when it underwent a significant expansion.
As well as tennis, Melbourne Park has also hosted a number of other sports, such as hosted ice skating, cycling, swimming and motorsport. The John Cain Arena is home to the South East Melbourne Phoenix basketball team and Collingwood Magpies netball teams, whilst the Melbourne Vixens netball team plays across both the John Cain and Margaret Court Arena.
Capacity: 15,000 (Rod Laver Arena), 10,500 (John Cain Arena), 7,500 (Margaret Court Arena), Show Court 2 (3,000) & Show Court 3 (3,000)
Tickets at Melbourne Park
The latest ticket information for upcoming events at the venue is available on the official website here.
Location & Travel to Melbourne Park
Melbourne Park is located within the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct, around 3 kilometres east of Melbourne CBD.
Air: Tullamarine Airport is the second busiest in Australia and serves many domestic and international destinations. There is a SkyBus that operates from the airport for access to the city.
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Parking: There are 2 car parks available nearby to Melbourne Park – at Yarra Park Car Park via Gate 3 or Gate 5. Parking is charged at $10 per day.
Tram: Travelling by tram is free on event days for those with tickets, with route 70 operating from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Arena tram stops. Tram 48 and 75 stop adjacent to the MCG.
Train: There are several train stations within walking distance of Melbourne Park, including Richmond, Flinders Street and Jolimont stations.
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Last Updated on May 15, 2023 by Sports Tourist