ROD LAVER ARENA - Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open, is a tennis stadium that is part of the Melbourne Park complex located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The arena was named after Rod Laver, a three-time winner of the Australian Open and one of world's greatest tennis players. The arena has a seating capacity of 14,820. The venue currently attracts over 1.5 million visitors per year. The Arena features a retractable roof allowing competitors to continue play during rain or extreme heat. It is the featured venue at Melbourne Park's Tennis Centre. Australian Open is an extremely popular tennis tournament held every year in Melbourne, Australia in January. ( 14.01 - 27.01, 2013). Australian Open is played on hard courts at Melbourne Park. The Australian Open is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments held each year.