Tennis fans flock to Rod Laver Arena every January to witness the excitement of the one of the world's most prestigious sporting events, the Australian Open.
With a central location as part of the Melbourne Park Complex in Melbourne, there is quality accommodation near Rod Laver Arena, which has gained worldwide recognition as the main venue for the Australian Open since 1988.
Its remarkable versatility has seen a large variety of events staged over the years - from rodeos and dirt bike demonstrations, wrestling, basketball and boxing to ballet, memorials and concerts.
Sporting highlights include hosting the gymnastics for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the FINA World Swimming Championships in 2007.
“Over one million people visit Rod Laver Arena each year to attend the Australian Open”
Formerly known as Flinders Park, the National Tennis Centre or Centre Court, the venue was named Rod Laver Arena in 2000 after the Aussie tennis champion who won the Grand Slam twice.
Over one million people visit Rod Laver Arena each year to attend the Australian Open, functions and concerts varying from Metallica to Pavarotti, with the largest ever crowd of 16,183 recorded for US singer Justin Timberlake in 2007.
The world-class facilities - including a 700-tonne retractable roof over centre court and blue Plexicushion surface - can be viewed on daily tours allowing fans to walk through areas exclusive to the Australian Open players, including the Walk of Champions, Davis Cup Room and the players' change room.