Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula has announced the crowd management plan for the 2021 Open.
Melbourne Park has been split into three zones and will see a daily crowd capacity of 30,000 for the first eight days. From the quarterfinals onwards the limit is reduced to 25,000.
Pakula said that will allow around 12,500 into Rod Laver Arena for both the night and day sessions. That is around 83% of capacity.
“We are making sure that Melbourne Park stays ahead of the game as a global sports and entertainment precinct and that also means jobs for Victorians and contracts for businesses.”
“It’s fantastic to see the progress on this amazing precinct by the Yarra – and entirely appropriate that sports fans will see John Cain’s name writ large at the Open this year and into the future,” said Pakula.
The zones at Melbourne Park are Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and John Cain Arena.
When making the announcement about the crowd numbers, Pakula also provided an update about the building works being carried out at Melbourne Park.
Below is the text from a media release issued by the Victorian government.
The final stage of Melbourne Park’s near $1 billion redevelopment has reached a major milestone with works completed on the new Show Court Arena roof using 270 tonnes of steel entirely fabricated in Victoria.
The 5,000-seat arena is the signature element of the $271.5 million third stage of the redevelopment, which also incorporates a new events centre and conference space – Centrepiece at Melbourne Park – as well as two new match courts and a logistics hub.
The new arena is partially sunken into the ground and is located between Rod Laver Arena and John Cain Arena. It features an open roof structure which provides shade and weather protection for fans, ensuring the Australian Open remains the most weather-proof of the Grand Slams. It is due for completion in time for the 2022 Open.
Centrepiece is on track for completion in the second half of the year and will have a function room that can host 3,000 guests as well as pre-event spaces and purpose-built broadcast studios, an auditorium and interview rooms – all of which will ensure the Australian Open continues to lead the world in Grand Slam facilities.
When completed in time for the 2023 Australian Open, the final stage in the $972 million redevelopment will have created 2,300 full-time-jobs through the Andrews Labor Government’s Local Jobs First Policy.