Find out about buying tickets for the Australian Open.
Australian Open 2013 runs from Monday 14 January to Sunday 27 January.
AO tickets are easy to get. You can buy them online in advance or at the venue once the tournament has started (subject to availability).
The information below is correct to the best of my knowledge based on past years but please note that it may be different in 2013.
Rod Laver Arena (RLA)
- This is the main court and tickets are split into day and night sessions.
- In 2012 up until the end of Round 4 there were 3 singles matches in the day session (often one men’s and two ladies matches but sometimes two men’s and one ladies) and a men’s and ladies singles in the night session. View the 2012 Schedule of Play for full details, including the scheduling of quarter finals and semi finals.
- RLA seats approximately 15,000 spectators and has a retractable roof
- Prices increase each round, starting at $69.90 for adults round one and going up to $389.90 for the men’s final.
Generally speaking (we all know how hard it is to predict the Schedule of Play for grand slams so this is definitely not definite!) the top seeds and any Australian players in the draw will be scheduled on RLA during the first week.
- This is the number one court where matches are played for the first eight days.
- There is a day session each day and a night session is added on the Friday and Saturday nights.
- in 2012 there was two men’s and two women’s singles matches scheduled for each of the first four days.
- View the 2012 Schedule of Play for full details.
- The ticket prices are the same for all Hisense Arena sessions. $59.90 for adults pre-puchase*
- Hisense Arena has a capacity of about 10,500 and has a retractable roof.
*In my opinion Hisense Arena tickets are excellent value, especially for the first four days and day 7 and 8 (the days that don’t have a night session).
There can still be RLA and Hisense Arena tickets available on the day of play. There are ticket sales booths in both arenas where you can find out what is available if you’d like to upgrade your ground pass.
- Ground passes have been sold out in advance for the middle Saturday of the AO but on the other days you can buy a ground pass at the gate which gives you access to all courts except Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena
- Ground pass access includes Margaret Court Arena (MCA), which has 6,000 seats. By 2015 MCA will be redeveloped to have a roof and an additional 1,500 seats. It will be interesting to find out whether or not the new MCA will have allocated seats or will still be included in ground pass access.
- A ground pass gives you access to see the top bands that play every night and there is also an After 5 ground pass which is available after 5pm and is about half the price of a full ground pass.
General Public Ticket Sale Dates
On sale from 9:00 am (AEST) Wednesday 3 October 2012 until 5:00 pm (AEST) Sunday 1 October 2012
Single Session tickets and ground passes
On sale at 9:00 am (AEST) on Monday 8 October 2012
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Become an Australian Open Member for early access to tickets
There are three levels of membership that different levels of early access to tickets starting from 31 July 2012 for Match members.
The most expensive is the Match membership** ($209 per individual), which lets members buy tickets first, followed by Set members ($109) and then Game members ($89).
**There is currently a waiting list for Match memberships.
I love being an Australian Open member, particularly because being able to buy tickets early means you get better seats.
Member benefits include ground passes, access to the Members’ Lounge, a discount of merchandise and a member ballot for French Open, Wimbledon and US Open tickets.
Tour and Hospitality Packages
Contact the Australian Open if you’re interested in Hospitality Packages.
If you have questions or info about getting tickets that I didn’t include, please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer.
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal