Exclusive Experiences To Ace Your Time At The Australian Open 2020
Every year, the Australian Open seems to deliver more luxe experiences both on- and off-court for those who want a side of bling with their tennis. In a bid to become the most exclusive sporting event of the year they’ve added four new entertainment options to the 2020 season, including a full 25-day premium ticketing package called Vantage.
“The team has worked incredibly hard to create new hospitality offerings for Australian Open 2020 in an effort to continually innovate in this space,” says Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley. “We are proud how we continue to improve our offerings each year for the hundreds of thousands of fans who flock through the gates at Melbourne Park from across Victoria, the country and the world.”
The Australian Open has spent the past few years expanding its entertainment and hospitality offerings to become a fully-fledged festival of tennis. Last year alone they hosted 55,000 people across various hospitality venues, served 18,000 meals at their increasingly popular pop-up restaurants, and delivered a 15-day live music program with the AO Live Stage.
This year, they’ll be stepping it up again with a host of new events. We round up the best luxe experiences for the Australian Open 2020 season below – but get in quick, we’re sure these tickets will be snapped up as fast as an energetic ball boy on a rogue court ball.
The first of AO’s new packages on offer this year, Vantage provides their lucky ticket holders with premium seating for every single one of their 25 sessions at Rod Laver Arena, access to The Atrium (a new entertainment hub featuring a grazing menu and all day bar), and priority access to other AO experiences.
If you don’t want to scramble for great seats at the all-important finals or more popular games, this one is for you.
Another new offering this year is the Finals Table, which will see VIP guests hosted by some of the city’s best restaurants for a dedicated, bespoke degustation menu before being privately transported to the court for one of the exciting Australian Open finals.
Some of the restaurants participating this year include Attica, Vue De Monde, Maha, Kisume, and Matilda.
AO Chef Series
Returning for the third year, the popular Chef Series – hosted at nearby venue The Glasshouse – will see an innovative lineup of all-female chefs take the helm in the kitchen for a bespoke degustation menu paired with matched wines before enjoying an evening game.
You might even get to meet and chat with one of the four chefs featured this year: Australian icon Donna Hay, celebrity chef Sarah Todd, rising star Analiese Gregory, and one of Thailand’s top Michelin Star chefs Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisva.
On Court Seating
You can’t get any closer to the action than this. On Court Seating returns again this year, with a chance to rub shoulders with celebrity attendees like Will Smith, Will Ferrell, international model Jessica Gomes, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli, and Australian swimming champ Ian Thorpe. It even includes fine dining options and refreshments included throughout your session.
If wine is more your speed, then head to The Vault in between matches for an exclusive wine tasting experience. Guided by your sommelier, you’ll discover all that Victorian vineyards have to offer with a journey through the state’s best cellar doors right in the middle of the action.
Taste of Tennis
Join 250 lucky tennis fanatics at this year’s Taste of Tennis – a tennis-meets-dinner series held around the world to celebrate the best of the game’s top talent. Hosted by Aussie legend Pat Cash and chef David Ricardo, you’ll rub elbows with elite tennis players as you dine on an exclusive menu at the elaborate Plaza Ballroom.
Show Court Finals
For the ultimate finals experience, book a seat at one of the on-court tables for Show Court Finals. You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner sitting right on the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Arena, while you’re entertained by a special musical guest as well as Q&As with tennis legends. Then, choose your priority seat at Rod Laver Arena for the final night and watch as AO history unfolds.
The Green Room
Watching the games is all well and good – but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes? The Green Room sees you transported backstage for the rare opportunity to watch players emerge from the ‘Walk of Champions’ and see exclusive post-game interviews, as well as relaxing in your own private area that includes a premium grazing menu and beverage package.
Penfolds, Nobu and Rockpool pop up restaurants
Again this year there will be a raft of exclusive suites (including the return of the famed Emirates hosting suite), as well as delicious pop-up restaurants that you can book to accompany your ground or session ticket.
If Penfolds Grange has been high on your list of must-taste wines, then their Glasshouse five-course degustation with matching wines is for you. Be sure to upgrade to the Luxury Wines option which includes a glass of Penfolds Grange 2015.
Nobu will be on-site as well as Rockpool, offering their well-known classics for hungry luxury-seeking diners. You can also book Rockpool for a private dining experience if you’re looking for the ultimate food-and-tennis combo.
(Lead image: Maha / James Brook)
Published 06 January, 2020