Rod Laver Arena
is a tennis stadium that is part of the Melbourne Park
complex located in Melbourne
, and has been the main venue for the Australian Open
in tennis since 1988, replacing the ageing Kooyong Stadium
. Originally called Flinders Park
or Centre Court
, the arena's name officially changed in January 2000 to honour Rod Laver
, a three-time winner of the Australian Open and one of world's greatest tennis players. The arena was finished in 1988 with a seating capacity
of 14,820. The venue currently attracts over 1.5 million visitors per year.
The Arena features a retractable roof
allowing competitors to continue play during rain or extreme heat. It is the centrepiece of Melbourne Park's Tennis Centre, and besides tennis, the arena hosts motorbike super-crosses
, music concerts
, conferences, World Wrestling Entertainment
events (since 2005), and ballets
Rod Laver Arena was the centrepiece of the 12th FINA World Aquatics Championships
, which were held from 17 March-1 April 2007. A temporary swimming pool, named the Susie O'Neill Pool after Australian swimming champion Susie O'Neill
, was built to allow this to happen.
It hosted a World Championship Wrestling
event in October 2000. The Rod Laver Arena played host to the gymnastics competition in the 2006 Commonwealth Games
Rod Laver Arena is equipped with the Hawk-Eye
electronic system which allows tennis players to challenge the umpire's decision on calls made throughout championships.
On 3 April 1992, the... Read More