Australian Open attracts record audience as Melbourne sporting events ‘smash it out of the park’

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The Rod Laver Arena saw record attendance this Australian Open.

The first week of the Australian Open saw multiple attendance records broken as Melbourne’s sporting calendar attracts big crowds in recent months.

The Australian Open has claimed six positions in the top ten highest attendances at sporting events around the country in the past 90 days with the Grand Slam tournament achieving its largest ever attendance, with 94,854 ticket-holders on January 21.

The first week of the Australian Open saw multiple records broken, with attendances of 77,944 on day one, 67,024 on day two, 65,311 on day three, 81,294 on day four, and 85,488 on day five.

The top ten list also featured huge crowds at the MCG with 82,507 in the stands when India defeated Zimbabwe in the T20 Cricket World Cup, and a crowd of 80,462 for England’s win over Pakistan in the Final.

Flemington Racecourse drew bumper crowds over the Spring Racing Carnival with 73,816 attendees at the Melbourne Cup and 71,327 at Derby Day.

The calendar of major sporting events will continue in 2023 including the AFL Premiership Season, Super Rugby’s Super Round Melbourne, Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Bledisloe Cup and the huge FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

“When it comes to crowds at major sporting event, Melbourne smashes it out of the park time after time,” said Minister for Tourism, Sport, and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos.

“With ten crowds over 65,000 in the space of 90 days, Melbourne is undeniably the sporting capital of Australia.

“We continue to back major events because they drive significant visitation to Melbourne, filling hotels, restaurants, and bars and supporting local jobs.”