Australian Open 2021: John Cain Arena to replace ground passes

Planning to head to AO2021? Here’s everything you need to know about John Cain Arena!

The Australian Open is returning in 2021 with all the biggest names and tennis moments that make it an absolute must-see event – and you can be there to see all the action! 

As part of the Australian Open’s focus on safety, the Melbourne Park precinct will be divided into three zones for the 2021 Grand Slam tournament, each including one of the three major arenas. Each zone offers its own unique combination of live experiences, food and beverage and tennis action.

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on all the must-see action you don’t want to miss in the John Cain Arena zone.

The John Cain Arena zone (formerly Melbourne Arena) will be where the spirit of the ‘Happy Slam’ truly comes to live. Replacing the popular AO Ground Pass for 2021, it will provide fans some of the best value tickets for the 2021 Australian Open.

As well as getting you in to see all the action in John Cain Arena, the JCA zone also includes match action on the two eastern courts, gives you the chance to see the stars warming up at the Practice Village, and eat and drink your way around a slice of Grand Slam Oval.

Spend Valentine’s Day at the Australian Open

Whether you’re treating your special someone or spending the day with your BFF, if you’re looking for the perfect way to enjoy Valentine’s Day look no further. As a special treat, you can get two seats to see the stars in the John Cain Arena Zone for $98. We reckon that’s a game, set, match kinda plan.

Tickets for the JCA zone will start from the AO 2020 Ground Pass cost of $49 for weekdays, $59 for weekends and $39 for children and concessions.

“John Cain Arena has hosted some enthralling battles over the years and is a favourite destination for both fans and players,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley says.

“As part of our planning to ensure safety for everyone, all fans will require a ticket which includes a stadium seat in one of the three zones, and which also allows access to great food, music and other activations within their specific zone.

Aussie favourite Nick Kyrgios is known for requesting to play at John Cain Arena. In 2020, he served up an Australian Open highlight when he defeated Russian Karen Khachanov in a five-set, four-and-a-half-hour thriller on his favourite court.

“This is probably my favourite court in the world, I always play here early on … I just feel super comfortable,” Nick Kyrgios said during AO 2020. “You guys (talking to the crowd) are the best – I can feel the support.”

JCA was also the scene for former champion Caroline Wozniacki’s emotional farewell to the Australian Open and her tennis career.

As part of the Australian Open’s 2021 COVIDSafe plan, tickets will be sold in fan pods of between 1-6 tickets to assist with physical distancing. All tickets will be digital to minimise touchpoints and assist with contact tracing. You can find out more about this year’s Australian Open ticketing here.

Australian Open 2021 will transform Melbourne Park from Monday 8 February until Sunday 21 February. Tickets, including sessions in the John Cain Arena Zone, are on sale now via