Action-sports arena and mega-concert venue par excellence
Named for Australia's legendary two-time tennis Grand Slammer, Rod Laver Arena is home to the Australian Open Tennis Championship every January but is perhaps best known as a concert venue.
In 2009, over 770,000 people attended 84 concerts here (including a record 17 by Pink on her 'Funhouse Tour') – it made RLA the third-highest grossing concert venue in the world behind Madison Square Garden in New York and O2 Arena in London.
Housed within the Melbourne & Olympic Park complex of stadiums, Rod Laver Arena was known variously as Flinders Park, the National Tennis Centre or simply Centre Court until assuming its current (and rightful) name on 16 January 2000.
Over summer it regularly hosts over 600,000 tennis fans in Australian Open week (including 14,820 at centre court), all enjoying the famously retractable roof, a world-first innovation when it was installed, and the lurid blue Plexicushion surface that replaced the old Rebound Ace a few summers back.
And when the action isn't sporting, RLA hosts everything from rodeos, dirtbike races, gymnastic meets, wrestling tournaments, boxing bouts, memorials and more.
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Bon appétit, baby: get ready to feast on some of the biggest hits of the last five years when Katy Perry returns for her first Australian tour since 2014. If you're all about platinum-selling bangers like 'Firework' and 'Dark Horse', then make sure...Pop Thursday August 2 2018 - Friday August 3 2018
Catch super nice guy and pretty-pop purveyor Vance Joy as he tours to promote his second album, Nation of Two. The singer will be playing Rod Laver Arena for one night only, Saturday September 15. Joy has gone from strength to strength since 'Riptide'...Folk, country and blues Saturday September 8 2018 - Saturday September 15 2018
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Michael McIntyre does things big: big tours, big venues, big crowds and big laughs. He consistently sells out the kind of long runs that could turn pretty much any major rockstar green with envy. He's even played 28 shows at London's 16,000-seat O2 Arena,...Stand Up Friday February 22 2019 - Friday March 22 2019