Cool approach to warm weather conditions at AO19


Both players and fans alike will benefit from measures to keep the Australian Open comfortable for those attending Melbourne Park in January.

The announcement of a new AO Heat Stress Scale means players across the field will get 10-minute breaks when the conditions  reach the pre-determined level and play will be suspended when it hits the highest zone on the scale.

Come rain, hail or shine, fans will benefit from additional shade around the precinct, including at the AO Live Stage where popular bands and music acts will light up festivities from January 13-27.

Giant misting fans have long been a popular enhancement around the grounds, but in 2019 the AO BallPark will feature a 12-metre water slide along with a Super Soaker Blast and Misting tunnel.

Parents can also pre-book  the first professional childcare available at the AO Kids Club, which includes lots of games and activities in comfortable surroundings.

Free samples of La Roche-Posay’s acclaimed Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF50+ will be available for AO fans at five satellite Sunscreen Stations throughout the Melbourne Park precinct. The complete Anthelios SPF 50+ sun protection range will also be available for purchase at Australian Open retail outlets.

The AO Ballpark Returns


Film Festival

The first sports film festival held at a Grand Slam event will offer fans a chance to sit in air-conditioned bliss, with 14 days of daily screenings of world-class sports films and documentaries to be held at three locations, including The Glasshouse, complete with a lush bar and lounge.

The Emirates Family Sanctuary at AO Ballpark will screen family friendly films and nostalgic childhood favourites.

Both the AO Ballpark and AO Sports Film Festival screenings are available on a ground-pass ticket.


There is a vast array of food and beverage offerings available onsite, with water coolers stationed throughout the precinct where you can refill water bottles as well as many shaded areas to watch the tennis on the outside courts. Fans are permitted to bring food to the venue, however eskies, hampers, large containers in excess of 1.5 litres, drink and food in glass, cans and ceramic are not allowed.

Fans are reminded to stay cool, wear sun protection and keep hydrated.