Tickets to Australian Open 2021 went on sale at noon (Australia time) today as preparations were stepped up for a February 8 start of the first Grand Slam of the year.

“The AO will be a great celebration for Melbourne and all Victoria after an incredibly tough year,” Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

“Although our event will look a little different as we prioritise the safety of everyone, it’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to come together and experience many of the best things about Melbourne – live, world class sport in an exciting festival atmosphere.

“We look forward to welcoming the world’s best players to Melbourne Park. I know they can’t wait to compete in front of crowds again and are prepared for the strict quarantine process when they arrive, all of which is a key element of ensuring everyone’s safety.

“Tickets will be more limited this year so you’ll need to get in early to secure your seat. We are starting ticket sales at 25 per cent of capacity in our three main stadiums and as we work closely with the Victorian Government, hope to be in a position to increase our numbers as we get closer to the event.

“We can’t wait to see everyone at Melbourne Park in February.”

The event has a plan to ensure the safety of everyone onsite, with the precinct divided into three zones, each including one of the three major arenas.

Each zone offers its own unique combination of world-class tennis action, live experiences and the culinary offerings for which Melbourne is renowned.

The three zones are Rod Laver Arena , Margaret Court Arena  and John Cain Arena.

Ticket prices have been frozen or reduced in many categories for 2021, which takes into account the change in access to different areas onsite.

Tickets start at just $49 for John Cain Arena (formerly Melbourne Arena), the same cost as a ground pass in 2020; Rod Laver Arena starting prices are the same as 2020, from $62 for a day session and $65 at night; while MCA starting prices are down from 2020, starting at just $56 for day sessions and $60 at night.

As part of the COVIDSafe plan, tickets will be sold in family ‘pods’ of between one to six tickets to assist with physical distancing. All tickets will be digital in 2021 to minimise touch points and assist with contact tracing, and stadium start times will be staggered, with Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena sessions commencing at 11:00am, and John Cain at noon.

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