Crowds of up to 30,000 will be allowed to watch the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Victoria’s sports minister Martin Pakula announced at a press conference today the tournament will be able to accommodate 30,000 spectators daily during the first eight days of play. The Open starts on February 8.

Then 25,000 fans will be allowed from the quarter-finals, about half the capacity.

“Today @TennisAustralia CEO @CraigTiley & I inspected work on the new 5000 seat Showcourt Arena that will be ready in time for the 2022 @AustralianOpen,” Mr Pakula said.

“It was also a fitting day to note the renaming of @JohnCainArena & to confirm crowds of up to 30,000 per day for this year’s AO.”

Pakula told reporters it would be the most significant international event with crowds that the world has seen for many months.