Australian Open at Melbourne & Olympic Park

Australian Open 2014

2014 marked the 25th year Delaware North has served tennis fans at the Australian Open at Melbourne & Olympic Park. Ironically, this year turned out to be a tournament of “firsts” with Na Li and Stan Wawrinka both winning their first Australian Open Grand Slam title. Stan was also the first player to defeat Novak and Rafa in the same tournament. It was also the first tournament to have four days over forty degrees Celsius!

The sweltering heat didn’t stop the crowds with a total of 643,410 flocking to enjoy one of the world’s premium sporting events. For the first time in five years the Emergency Heat Policy was invoked by the Tournament referee on Day Four, bringing play to a halt for a number of hours across the precinct. As you might imagine, some of our biggest sellers were ice creams (over 153,000 sold), chilled water (over 210,000 bottles sold), and cold beer (over 403,000 Heineken sold). Our 1700 strong staff members worked tirelessly to deliver exceptional results under the tough circumstances.

The hospitality and catering offering was bigger and better than ever this year offering:

  • 54 public food & beverage outlets
  • 2 public restaurants 
  • 25 superboxes 
  • 6 corporate suites 
  • 6 sponsor suites 
  • 4 corporate dining rooms (plus 2 VIP dining areas) 
  • 2 corporate bar/lounge areas 
  • Player café (and National Tennis Centre kiosk) 
  • Media café 
  • Staff café

We were delighted to receive very positive feedback on new retail outlets with favourites including Yori Korean BBQ, The Fruit Stand and our pop up steak house Grass & Grain where Chef Markus Werner featured a mouth-watering menu of some of Australia’s finest premium meats. The 750g Black Angus tomahawk steak from Victorian young grass fed Stockman’s beef slow char-grilled to perfection was the stand out item! Other new retail outlets included Curry Pot Kitchen, Double Bagel, Skewers BBQ, Gourmet Snag Bar and The Butcher’s Block, premium carved beef rolls.

Overall, the Tournament was a huge success and the team are already busy planning for Australian Open 2015.