Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula has said that the state’s Chief Health Officer has approved crowds of up to 30,000 to attend the Australian Open next month.
Minister for Sport Martin Pakula stated today that the event’s COVID-safe design would allow a regular crowd limit of 30,000 for the first eight days of the competition and 25,000 per day from the beginning of the quarter-finals, nearly half the expected attendance in recent years.
The crowd’s capability for this year’s game will be around half the total of what has been allowed in previous years at Melbourne Park.
Mr Pakula said, “that means on Rod Laver Arena, as we get to the end of the tournament, we will have a great environment, not that different to the atmosphere we have seen in all the opens in years past.”
He said an overall of 390,000 people would visit throughout the event at Melbourne Park.
Mr Pakula said, “It will not be the similar as the last few years, but it will be the most important international event with masses that the globe has seen for many, many months.”
“That is a testament to the work Victorians have done to get our COVID-19 numbers to zero.”
Over the past fortnight, approx 1,000 officials and Australian Open players have undertaken hotel quarantine as per rule.
Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia chief executive, said that “we hope AO event would give a sign to the whole world that Melbourne was sport and entertainment capital of the world.”
Mr Tiley said that approximately 99.9 per cent of the Australian Open players and staff were excited to be out of quarantine. And they appreciated the government’s efforts to protect the community from the coronavirus.
He said this morning, now 72 people affiliated with the tournament are still in quarantine, and 22 are players.
“But we have come out of the chaos with a great success,” said Mr Tiley.