Entertainment

Event info

Age restrictions 

AO Live Stage
For all days except Saturday 19 January, all patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

On Saturday 19 January, strictly patrons 18 years of age and above only.  

*The definition of a responsible adult** is over 18 years of age in accordance with Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. 

**A responsible adult is defined as a person who is over 18 years and who is:

  • the younger person's parent, step-parent, guardian or grandparent
  • the younger person's spouse
  • a person who is acting in place of a parent and who could reasonably be expected to exercise responsible supervision of the younger person.

International patrons must present a passport as proof of ID in accordance with Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. An International Driver’s license will NOT be accepted. 

For more details on acceptable forms of ID go to the VCGLR

Grand Slam Oval
Children and families are welcome at Grand Slam Oval, however there are several spaces and activities targeted at audiences over 18 years of age. 

AO Festival
On the Upper Terrace of the AO Festival, all patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

AO Sports Film Festival 
Australian Open Sports Film Festival is open to all ages and will appeal to many fans, with over 35 sports films and more than 50 screenings in total. 

Access Policy

AO Live Stage
AO Live Stage is accessible with either a Grounds Pass or Arena ticket. If capacity is reached, people will be held in the queuing area and crowd will be managed. The best entry for AO Live Stage is through the AO Festival Entrance at Birrarung Marr.

Grand Slam Oval 
Grand Slam Oval is accessible with either a Ground Pass or Arena ticket. 

AO Festival 
The AO Festival is free for the public to enter. No ticket is required. 

AO Sports Film Festival 
Australian Open Sports Film Festival is accessible with either a Ground Pass or Arena ticket.

Timings

AO Live Stage
The AO Live Stage has become one of Melbourne’s biggest parties and is hosting some of the hottest Australian and International acts. The AO Live Stage is set to return in 2019 with 15 consecutive days of music, including the hugely popular Cooper’s Saturday.

The AO Live Stage will kickstart with a beyondblue concert held on Sunday 13 January. A Ground Pass ticket will give access to this special event, however, there will be no cost associated with this ticket.

Sunday 13 January  – Sunday 27 January 3:00pm - 10:00pm daily*. 

*Opening hours for various food and beverage outlets will vary. 

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Grand Slam Oval
Grand Slam Oval is the epicentre of fan entertainment at the Australian Open; a mix of live tennis viewing, pop up entertainment, activities and the best of Melbourne’s food and drink scene. 

In 2019, Grand Slam Oval is set to come alive with the ‘Best of Victoria’. Four distinct quarters will pay tribute to four central pillars of Victorian lifestyle; the Beach, Vineyards, the City and Chinatown. 

Saturday 12 January (Kids Tennis Day): 8:00am – 4:00pm 
Monday 14 – Sunday 29 January: From the time of gates opening until end of play.*
*Opening hours for various food and beverage outlets will vary. 

AO Festival 
AO Festival is located at Birrarung Marr and connects the City of Melbourne with the Australian Open. Patrons and fans are offered the opportunity to enjoy some tennis action, along with some of Melbourne’s hottest pop-up restaurants before they have even entered Melbourne Park. 

Lower Terrace opening times:

  • Saturday 12 January: 7:00am – 3:00pm 
  • Sunday 13 January: 2:00pm – 7:30pm 
  • Monday 14 – Thursday 24 January: 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Friday 25 January : 1:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday 26 January: 11:00am – 9:00pm 
  • Sunday 27 January: 2:00pm – 9:00pm 

Upper Terrace opening times:

  • Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 January: 4:00pm – 11:30pm 
  • Thursday 17– Sunday 20 January 20: 12:00pm – 11:30pm 
  • Monday 21 January  – Wednesday 23 January: 4:00pm – 11:30pm 
  • Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 January: 12:00pm – 11:30pm 
  • *Opening hours for various food and beverage outlets will vary. 

AO Sports Film Festival
Australian Open 2019 will host the inaugural Australian Open Sports Film Festival. From Monday 14 January – Sunday 27 January, there will be three daily screenings across three locations; AO Ballpark Cinema, Glasshouse Cinema and AO Festival Cinema. 

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