With a Ground Pass, you gain access to numerous matches at once, allowing you to pick and choose between a number of outdoor courts as you please. While you’re unlikely to see the likes of Roger Federer, Ashleigh Barty, Rafael Nadal or Serena Williams, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see other highly seeded players strut their stuff in the early rounds of the tournament. The show courts have an electric atmosphere with enough seats to hold a few thousand people, while the smaller courts are a great opportunity to get up close and personal with young up-and-comers. The weather is typically sunny and the precinct is full of street food, bars, fan zones, shops, live music, entertainment and the AO Ballpark mini theme park, so you’ll be spoilt for ways to fill time between matches.
Tip: Thursday, January 23 is ANZ Hot Shotz Day. The first 7000 kids through the gates will get a Ground Pass free of charge (ages 3–14).
Treat yourself to a Stadium Ticket
Once you’ve soaked up the sun and spirit of the outdoor courts, it’s time to see the cream of the crop at Melbourne Park’s two main arenas: Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena. The former is the larger of the two and typically hosts the top seeded players along with the finals. While smaller, Margaret Court holds its fair share of matches between the world’s top players, and the smaller size means tickets are always in high demand. Each stadium requires a separate ticket and runs two sessions per day – a daytime session from 11am and an evening session from 7pm. It’s worth noting a Stadium Ticket also gives you access to the outdoor areas that you can see with a Ground Pass, but you’re likely to spend most of your time inside the arena watching the world’s best.