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United vs Taipans at HiSense during Australian Open

Melbourne United will play a home game at Hisense Arena DURING the Australian Open. For those that don't know Hisense Arena is part of the Australian Open tennis precinct during the Grand Slam event. This is huge!

Melbourne United v Cairns Taipans
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Hisense Arena

In a Grand Slam first, Tennis Australia and Melbourne United is excited to announce we will play our January home game against Cairns Taipans at Hisense Arena at Australian Open 2018.

The AO Game will replace Sunday 14 January 2018 7:00pm at State Netball Hockey Centre with Wednesday 24 January 2018 7:30pm at Hisense Arena.

Basketball fans can enjoy a fantastic day out at Australia's biggest sporting event, and head to Hisense Arena in the evening to cheer on Melbourne United.

You can secure a reserved seat to the Melbourne United game by purchasing an AO Game Pass, priced at $60 for adults and $10 for children. The AO Game Pass will provide all day ground access to the Australian Open at Melbourne Park followed by United’s AO Game at Hisense Arena at 7.30pm.

The AO Game Pass will go on sale at 2pm Monday 11 December 2017 via Ticketek.

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Great thinking by the NBL and Melbourne. LK isn't going to die wondering during this era.

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As someone that doesn't live in Melbourne, why is this a big deal?

I get that all the sports venues are in the same area.

But what's special about having a game scheduled during Tennis season?

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The whole precinct is in Australian Open shutdown
Rod Laver, Hisense & Margaret Court Arena being the 3 premium courts and all outdoor courts being utilised.

Tennis ticket gives you access to a basketball game within the precinct that night.

Normaly Tigers/Titans/Dragons/United would be on the road for the whole month of January or play 1-2 games at the much smaller State Netball and Hockey Centre (3,500 capacity). Obviously with the crowds and exposure United have been getting 3,500 is not an option.

Great idea, should get good publicity.

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This is quite extraordinary.

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Great work by LK in organising this.

On the general topic of United, it's great to see the crowds this season. Not sure exact number but it looked around 6,000 on Monday. After 6,500 odd on Thursday a few weeks ago. Great numbers for weeknights.

Even the AFL dropped the Monday night games after the last St Kilda Carlton one only drew mid 20,000's (which is believe it or not, a terrible crowd for any two Melbourne based AFL sides).

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Manu Fieldel  
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Kyrgios has always said Hisense is his favorite court. Maybe United can give him a chance to warm up with the team

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How many season ticket holders do United currently have?

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Interesting, so Melbourne will play a home game on 24 January and then travel to New Zealand the next day to play the Breakers. That is a tough schedule!

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They went to the USA and played when they got back, this is a breeze.

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The Breakers game has been moved to the 15th.

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Thanks Koberulz, I missed that in the story, it's actually moved to the 18th.

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No idea why I had the 15th in my head, then. Important point is it's been moved, though.

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Camel 31  
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Chris Goulding looks a pretty good tennis player ...
..and Kyrgios's apparent bonhomie being able to go to this game...pretty good to see on tvnews... while Serena will be there , also ...

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