Australian Open crowd capacity gets finals boost



Crowd capacity at the Australian Open will be increased to 65 per cent, with organisers hopeful of drawing a record crowd to watch Dylan Alcott’s wheelchair final on Thursday.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said fans holding ground passes would be able to enter Rod Laver Arena on Thursday afternoon to watch the new Australian of the Year.

Gunning for an eighth Australian Open wheelchair title in his last tournament before retiring, Alcott takes on second-seeded Dutchman Sam Schroder in the final.

With the doubles semi-final featuring Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis also switched from Kia Arena to Rod Laver Arena and open to ground pass holders, tournament director Craig Tiley said he hoped they could attract a bumper crowd.

The “Special Ks”, who have proved a crowd favourite, will be in action before Alcott’s match.

“Anyone coming on site tomorrow with a grounds pass can get into Rod Laver Arena … we want to make Dylan’s match the most watched wheelchair match in the history of the game,” Tiley told Channel Nine on Wednesday.


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