Victoria’s minister for sport has announced that the upcoming Australian Open will allow up to 30,000 fans a day to attend the event.
A daily crowd capacity of 30,000 will be permitted for the first eight days of the tournament, and it will be split equally between day and night sessions.
The capacity will reduce to 25,000 fans for the quarter-finals.
Minister for Sport Martin Pakula spoke on the announcement:
“Over the 14 days, it means we will have up to 390,000 people here at Melbourne Park, about 50% of the average over the past few years.”
“Rod Laver Arena will have incredible atmosphere, not that different to the atmosphere we’ve seen at all the Opens in the years past.
“It will not be the same … but it will be the most significant international event with crowds that the world has seen in many, many months.”
Players taking part in the event were forced to do a 14-day quarantine and isolation period when they arrived.
The Australian Open will be held from February 8-21 in Melbourne.