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Review of Rod Laver Arena

Rod Laver Arena
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USD 95.82*
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Sports Lovers Tours of Melbourne
Ranked #16 of 446 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Originally known as the National Tennis Centre at Flinders street and the re-named the Centre Court it was was finally christened the Rod Laver Arena in January 2000 honouring the legend, "Rod Laver." The arena is not only used for tennis but has also hosted basketball matches, motor bike super crosses, musical concerts, conferences, WWE Entertainment and ballet. It has a seating capacity of approximately 14800 and is increased to 16200 with floor seating for concerts. The Arena was the first to have a retractable roof. Rod Laver arena is equipped with the Hawk Eye electronic system which allows players to challenge a umpires call during a tennis match. I was lucky to have watched the Australian Open during my holidays at Melbourne.

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

I'm sorry but both my husband and I were really disappointed in this show. We were so looking forward to seeing Cirque du Soleil - we had heard so many wonderful things about their previous shows. I have not seen any other shows to base my experience on, so I'm not sure if all their shows are like this but I have seen a few segments on TV for other Cirque du Soleil shows and they appear to have more "circus" acts. More acrobatics and amazing contortion displays etc....this show was more "play" based on the movie Avatar and not a great deal of any spectacular acrobatic performances that I thought we would see. If I wanted to see a play about Avatar, I would go to a stage show. It wasn't the Avatar theme we didn't like (that part was good) but the show was based more on special effects and dramatisation rather than actual "circus" performance. Extremely disappointing! And we weren't the only ones to feel this way....at interval break we noticed quite a few people didn't bother to return!!! Say no more!
Personally speaking, I wouldn't waste your money on this one!

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Reviewed 25 November 2017

We arent big girls, but even to us the seating here is tight. The bigger girl next to me had trouble. Didnt buy restricted view tickets, but the pillars in each corner can restrict more views than acceptable on full price tickets. No not a fan, especially when there are so many other venues on offer in the same area.

1  Thank Trish C
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

Went to a concert there not my first time either so learnt from a few mistakes.
Floor seating is down 3 flights or is it 4 flights of stairs so bar and toilet forget it unless you want a marathon.
We came by tram was intending on walking but saw the tram pull up outside flinders st and thought why not very hot and cramped.
Getting into the arena you guessed it 3 flights of stairs.
Food on offer was more upmarket than normal.
Getting out well this is where we went a bit pair shaped surely a couple of signs city this way and Richmond station this way would of done.
Walked away from the city ended up miles from where we thought we were going alright if you know where you are going.
Try a seat not on the floor in future and go out the way you came in against the flow of traffic,

1  Thank TasmaniaLovesydney
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

Nearly every year my sister and I spend the day at the tennis some years with reserved seats (This year its Margaret Court) other years we get there as the gates open and run to Hiesense Arena (one year I fell up the stairs, as my sister kept running, then wonder why I was late....she got us great seats, by not stooping to help me...... We watch some quality matches, on the first weekend of play selection. We take some food from home to get us through the day its a bit healthier and we buy some wine or beer if its hot, and of course coffee. Make sure you get a look at the practice matches, and even stay on for the music, which we havent done yet as we are to busy watching tennis......

Thank Helena K
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