Rod Laver Arena is a famous tennis stadium in Melbourne and serves as the main venue for the world famous Australian Open. The venue was purpose built for tennis, as the previous stadium was no longer suitable to accommodate the large crowds.
Rod Laver Arena is the crowned jewel of the Melbourne Park complex, and was named to honour the great ‘Rod Laver’ who was a three time Australian Open tennis champion.
Rod Laver Arena Seating Plan, Map, Events & Parking
In past years, Rod Laver Arena has become a prime attraction in Melbourne that attracts millions of visitors every year. Thousands of tennis fans flock here in January each year to witness one of the big four grand slams in the world – the Australian Open.
The Australian Open attracts more than 1.5 million visitors every year. Rod Laver arena is also known as Centre Court, as it is the main stage for all the biggest and most popular matches; including the men and women’s finals. The arena’s roof is retractable; therefore players can continue to play even during extreme heat or rain.
Those driving to Rod Laver Arena can follow the signs to the Melbourne and Olympic Parks sports precinct. There is ample parking spaces if you get there early. Otherwise, due to its proximity to Flinders Street station, many matchgoers simply walk from the CBD.
The venue’s versatile space is perfect for many community events and sporting events. Every year, the stadium hosts rodeo shows, motocross events, basketball and entertainment shows are also held here. For private events, the arena offers outdoor closed spaces to hire.
Rod Laver Arena is also well known for hosting large concert events, as it has a seating capacity of over 15,000, plus floor seating. Some notable performances here have included Pink, Beyonce, Maroon 5, Muse, Coldplay, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, amongst many others.
Seating plans will vary based on the type and size of each event, but here is an example of a past event held at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.