The surface was also blamed for many injuries in the Australian Open, with many players claiming that the surface became sticky in hot weather, making it difficult to play on. [21][22] The arena also played host to the 1993 NBL All-Star Game with the NBL Stars defeating the Boomers 124–119. The arena hosted the semi-final and Final, at which Australia was successful in recording their 28th Davis Cup title. • uninterrupted match play on MCA in all weather conditions Australia's favourite concert arena and home to the Australian Open. "You're going to see your best tennis. [34] A new four-level Player Pod was constructed which increased the space for training, treatment, recovery, dining and lounging for athletes at major tournaments such as the Australian Open. From 1988 until 2007, the surface of the court at the Australian Open and on Rod Laver Arena was Rebound Ace, which was coloured green and played slowly. “Plans for Australian Open 2015 are well underway and we look forward to unveiling the new MCA, which promises to be one of the finest tennis stadiums in the world,” Tiley said as he outlined plans for the 2015 tournament. The player after whom the arena is named, Rod Laver, is a frequent guest of honor at Championships and has presented the trophy to the men's singles champion on several occasions. Stage Two of the Melbourne Park redevelopment was announced in January and includes a major refurbishment of Rod Laver Arena, a new city access bridge from Birrarung Marr and broadcast and administration buildings. The Rod Laver Arena is the largest indoor arena in Australia without a permanent roof (not counting the 56,347 seat Docklands Stadium, also in Melbourne, which is classed as a stadium rather than an arena). The Australian Open, played in the midst of summer, has frequently had problems with extreme heat. In front of 15,062 fans Australia ran out 71–59 winners.[23]. "These are all factors to be considered. In June 2015, it was announced that the arena would undergo a redevelopment of its exterior facade and interior customer features, such as bars and other facilities. In 1988, Rod Laver Arena opened making the Australian Open the first Grand Slam to feature a retractable roof. Laver lauds Dokic, warns Hewitt Jelena goes down swinging Mother to stand by Jelena Aussie juniors make final 16 Earlier in the day, Australian tennis legend Rod Laver and Dementieva both questioned why the roof was not closed earlier, with men's champion Novak Djokovic sensationally withdrawing in severe heat on Tuesday and Victoria Azarenka forced out ill a day earlier. Under the management of melbourne & olympic parks, The Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and pays respect to their Elders, past and emerging.
The arena was the first tennis venue in the world and the first arena of any kind in Australia to have a retractable roof installed. Rod Laver Arena has a seating capacity of 14,820, with a capacity of 15,400 for sports such as basketball, when extra seats are added around the court, and up to 14,200 for concerts with floor seating. Rod Laver Arena was the scene for Australia's famous Davis Cup victories in 2003. In 2008, the surface was changed to Plexicushion, and coloured blue.

[27][28], Rod Laver Arena consistently hosts Melbourne's highest-profile musical and entertainment concerts.
[4] It opened on 11 January 1988 for the 1988 Australian Open. On a day in which the temperature topped 40 degrees in Melbourne, the Rod Laver Arena roof was left open for the first match between Russia's Elena …

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