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Get to know the Australian Open Ground Pass

Squeezing in just as much action off court as on it – here’s your guide to everything included in the Australian Open Ground Pass!

From food to fashion, big screen lounging to a spot of beach tennis – the Australian Open Ground Pass is your all-day ticket to enjoy the very best of the AO experience.

With access to select arenas and a host of outdoor courts included as well, there is so much to see and do with a Ground Pass – that’s why we’ve got you covered.

Australian Open Ground Pass: On Court

Of course we have to start with all the on court action – and with a Ground Pass, you have more options that you can imagine.

John Cain Arena

Nick Kyrgios sings this court’s praises every year, and seats in John Cain Arena — renowned for being ‘the people’s court’ — are set to become the hottest tickets in town given JCA has historically served up some of the most entertaining AO matches.

Every seat (*up to 50% capacity) is available to Ground Pass holders on a first come, first in basis. And with some of the Open’s favourites set to take to the court in week one, it’s a pretty good place to start.

*due to capacity limits, you are not guaranteed entry to John Cain Arena with a Ground Pass ticket.

Kia Arena, Showcourt 13, & Court 1573

Just as their name suggests, the Showcourts always put on a show and with a new arena in the mix, things have gotten even more interesting for A02022.

New kid on the block Kia Arena just opened before this year’s open, and seating 5,000 spectators it is the fourth-largest tennis venue at Melbourne Park. Then, of course, you’ve got the 3,000 capacity Court 1573, and the unmissable Court 3 with its graffiti-covered exterior.

Across these three courts you can catch some unmissable tennis action – including a host of Aussie talent – especially in week one of the tournament. Add onto that, the atmosphere around Court 3, where you’ll find some of Melbourne’s most popular retail brands and food and beverage vendors, including: 4 Pines, Peters Ice Cream, New Era, memobottle, Bamboozld, and Quay Sunglasses.

Western Courts

With ten courts in Melbourne Park’s western corner, there really is non-stop tennis action everywhere you look. Plus, there’s also easy access to delicious food and drink choices to keep you powering through the day including Pure Blonde Organic Cider Bar, Big Esso by Mabu Mabu and Mr Miyagi.

Practice Courts

Thought that was all the on-court action we had in store for you, Ground Pass Holders? Think again!

When they aren’t competing in the Australian Open draw, the competition’s biggest names might just squeeze in a little practice time on the AO Practice Courts – allowing you to get up closer than ever and see these champions first hand. You might even get the chance to get a sneaky autograph if you’re patient enough.

Australian Open Ground Pass: Off Court

The Australian Open experience doesn’t stop with on-court action – whether you want to indulge in some of the best flavours Melbourne has on offer, lounge in front of one of Melbourne Park’s countless big screens, or you want to indulge in some of the AO’s endless fun and activities – here’s everything you need to get planning.

Garden Square

Want to catch the action on Rod Laver Arena or Margaret Court? Then the Garden Square Big Screen is the place to be. Sit back and relax on one of the seats or recliners, and enjoy some food and drinks from the likes of The Deli or Gordon’s Gin Bar. Want to level things up? Grab a seat at Rockpool Alfresco for a premium dining experience. 

Grand Slam Oval

If you want to add some food, drink, music, and art to your AO experience – make your way over to Grand Slam Oval.

Celebrating Melbourne’s iconic laneways and multicultural flavour, you can enjoy live music throughout the day, check out some of Melbournes edgyist artists, and devour bites from ten of Melbournes best CBD restaurants and sips from AO partner bars.

We’re talking mouthwatering burgers from Laneway Burgers, oven-baked pizza and handmade pasta from Marameo, Pepe’s and Gradi at City Italia, get a taste of Melbourne’s legendary Asian food scene with bites from Gingerboy, Lucy Liu, Robata and Longrain at Hawker Bites, or Stalactites souvlakis and gourmet sandwiches from Nico’s – and that’s only the beginning.

You can also find Canadian Club Lime and Soda Bar, Peroni Bar, Gordon’s Gin Bar, and more.

Oh, and we can’t forget Padel. AO22 marks the Grand Slam debut of Padel, an off-the-wall spin on tennis where walls are part of the playing field. Make sure you give this fun sport a go.

AO Ballpark

From tiny tots to tweens – the AO Ballpark is jam-packed with family-friendly fun for the kids to enjoy.

There’s the Water Play section for kids to splash around in during a sunny day at the AO, the Emirates Zipline to take you high above Melbourne Park, and the Climbing Wall where kids can race to the top of the climbing tracks while testing their hand-eye coordination skills and bravery.

Then there’s the action-packed NERF Zone obstacle course, arts and crafts in the Zoos Victoria Gazebo, the insane ExtremeThriller Ride thrill ride, and the AO Ballpark Stage featuring daily entertainment from beloved characters including Bluey, Peppa Pig, Duggee, PJ Masks, and Spiderman.

If you’ve got kids with you, make sure you take a trip to the AO Ballpark.

The Beach House

What better way to take in the tennis than with sand between your toes? The newest addition to Melbourne Park, the all-new Beach House precinct brings bayside vibes to the Happy Slam, with morning health and wellness programs, local food and drink, beach tennis, DJ tunes, and a big screen for all the tennis action.

On the menu are Fishbowl’s Japanese-style salads and Oakberry’s açaí bowls and smoothies, while Grainshaker Vodka, Peroni, and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne all have bars here.

You can also take in a spot of beach tennis (and possible win some epic prizes), grab a mate and challenge them to a game of Table Tennis, or soak up the sounds of the perfectly curated daily DJ sets.

Big Screen Viewing

There are countless places to lounge around catching all the best matches at the AO. Alongside Garden Square’s famous big screen spot, the AO has added even more big screen action around the park.

If you’re out at the AO Ballpark, make sure you stop by Eastern Plaza. As well as Lego and Tennis Robotics for the kids, there is an all-new big screen ready for you to kick back and enjoy the tennis action on. Plus from 2pm daily, Melbourne’s best DJs take over the decks.

Head on over to the newest addition to Melbourne Park, the Beach House, for the perfect combination of tennis action and beachy atmosphere. Here you can kick back in front of the big screen and catch all the headline matches.

Heading to the AO22 in the evening? Don’t miss the AO Night Ground Pass!

Whether you’re planning to head down after work or you want to make the most of your evening, don’t miss the AO Night Ground Pass. Enter after 5pm, and for just $19 you can enjoy all the Australian Open atmosphere – head out to Garden Square and watch all the main court action from the lawn, grab a seat in John Cain Arena and watch the night match unfold, explore all the sites, sounds and tastes available on Grand Slam Oval – and that’s only the beginning.

From incredible tennis action to worldclass food and drink, and so much more – a day of fun and adventure is on the cards with an Australian Open Ground Pass, starting from just $49.

The Australian Open 2022 will transform Melbourne Park from Monday 17 January until Sunday 30 JanuaryTickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.com.au.