Australian Open 2023: Crowd figures, court capacity, attendance records

Quick Bit: Australian Open organisers are hoping to attract one million fans across the three-week period to Melbourne Park.

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Late in 2022, Australian Open organisers announced a target of 900,000 fans over a three-week period.

Following a successful opening day and strong figures in the first week, that goal could be well and truly smashed come January 29.

A total of 77,944 patrons came through the gates on day one, surpassing the previous record in 2017 (72,424).

The attendance for both day (49,274) and night (28,670) also beat past numbers which were set in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

Australian Open 2023 crowd figures

Data via AusStadiums

Date
Day Attendance
Night Attendance
Total Attendance
Day 1/Jan 16
49,274
28,670
77,944
Day 2/Jan 17
37,149
29,875
67,024
Day 3/Jan 18
34,211
31,100
65,311
Day 4/Jan 19
47,022
34,272
81,294
Day 5/Jan 20
47,551
37,937
85,488
Day 6/Jan 21
60,457
34,397
94,854
Day 7/Jan 22
39,275
23,338
63,120
Day 8/Jan 23
32,018
21,388
53,406
Day 9/Jan 24
23,937

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Australian Open Tournament director Craig Tiley said prior to the Grand Slam that he cannot wait for the Australian Open to return with a bang.

“We want to return to our pre-pandemic plans of cementing the AO as the biggest annual sporting event in the world in January, while also making it as accessible to as many fans as possible,” Tiley said.

“We can’t wait for what promises to be a jam-packed calendar designed to appeal to all ages. The hugely popular Kids Tennis Day returns and the AO Ballpark, always a huge hit with families, is back bigger and better than ever.

“We have cool new areas to socialise in such as the Beach Bar, you can get involved and try out all forms of the sport at the AO Tennis Club, there are chances to watch the world’s top players in practice matches and charity initiatives to help the people of Ukraine.

“We are also excited to launch our first All-Abilities Day which will complement the increase of our wheelchair draw from eight to 16. The AO Inspirational Series returns for women’s semifinals day and our focus on women’s and girls will be showcased throughout the tournament.”

Melbourne Park court capacities

There are a total of 39 courts at Melbourne Park – 33 hard courts and six clay (of which are not used during the tournament).

The main arenas include Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Arena as well as the Show Courts.

Court
Capacity (approx.)
Rod Laver Arena
15,000
John Cain Arena
10,500
Margaret Court Arena
7,500
Kia Arena
5,000
Show Court 2
3,000
Show Court 3
3,000

Australian Open attendance 2000 onwards

Year
Attendance
Year
Attendance
2022**
346,468
2010
653,860
2021*
130,374
2009
603,160
2020
812,174
2008
605,735
2019
796,435
2007
554,858
2018
743,667
2006
550,550
2017
728,763
2005
543,873
2016
720,363
2004
521,691
2015
703,899
2003
512,225
2014
643,280
2002
518,248
2013
684,457
2001
543,834
2012
686,006
2000
501,251
2011
651,127

** = Crowds were restricted to 50 per cent of overall capacity due to COVID-19.

* = Crowds were permitted to attend only on nine of the 14 days and were restricted to 30-50 per cent of overall capacity due to COVID-19.

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New initiatives for Australian Open 2023

This year’s edition of the Australian Open will include some new attractions, such as:

New Beach bar, complete with elevated second-storey DJ platform
Brand-new AO Tennis Club where you can pick up a racquet and try all the fun of Tennis Hot Shots, Padel, Pop, Cardio, Totem and Table Tennis
Kids Tennis Day
AO Ballpark presented by Emirates, including a new aerial activity, water slide and Tennis Hot Shots courts
New 11-metre-high structure on Grand Slam Oval casting an additional 36 square metres of shade across GSO
New Finals Festival Ground Pass (starting at $39 for adults and $9 for children) includes access to Kia Arena for feature performances from big name local and international artists.
AO First Nations Day
First Nations interactive storytelling in the AO Ballpark
AO Pride Day
AO Grand Slam presented by Ralph Lauren, the world’s biggest amateur LGBTQI+ tournament
AO All Abilities Day

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