Australian Open attendance at 50 percent


Australian Open at 50 percent capacity Image: Tennis Australia

Attendance at the 2022 Australian Open has just been capped at 50 percent, ahead of the first round on January 17th.

The ‘Broadsheet’ stated that in a statement released on January 13th, the Victorian Government said it was amending the event’s COVID-safe plan to “ensure the health and safety of fans”.

The above announcement comes as Victoria (Australia) contends with more 220,000 active COVID cases.

The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year, preceding the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

The 2022 Australian Open will be held from January 17th to January 30th, 2022. It will be held at the Melbourne Park in Australia.

The ‘Broadsheet’ further stated that while sessions will only be sold to half-capacity from now on, there will be no cancellations or changes to tickets that have already been purchased.

Standard restrictions will also remain in place, including mask and vaccination requirements, as well as density limits. In addition, “Ventilation will be improved in indoor areas of Melbourne Park, with Hepa filters to be installed in some spaces after a ventilation assessment is completed for the venue,” according to the statement.

Said Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Jaala Pulford, “These updates to arrangements for the Australian Open will mean that fans, players and the workforce can look forward to a terrific COVID-safe event.”

Melbourne Park has 39 courts and more than 40,000 seats (without ticketing caps and density limits). Tickets are still available for events across the tournament – including the women’s and men’s finals – while ground passes start from $29.

The Victorian Government has also assured fans that price-gouging will not be tolerated around the event’s ticketing, citing the Major Events Act, which makes it illegal to resell tickets above a 10 percent mark-up on its face value.

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