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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