Conditions of Entry

Entry to the Arenas is subject to the following conditions (these conditions may vary between events):

1. Prohibited Items

The following items are not permitted in the Arena:

  • Illegal substances including controlled, dangerous or illicit drugs
  • Incendiary devices (flares, fireworks and smoke bombs)
  • Firearms and explosives, chemical, radioactive or biological substances
  • Laser lights
  • Alcohol
  • Aerosol Cans of Sunscreen
  • Animals (other than Assistance Dogs)
  • Bicycles, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades/ skates
  • Professional cameras including; DSLR, mirrorless or any cameras with a detachable lens (some events prohibit the use of all cameras, or flash photography)
  • Audio recording devices or video cameras
  • Laptops
  • Camera Tripods
  • Chairs/ Stools
  • Glass (including bottles) or cans, metal or hard plastic containers including metal water bottles. (Note: at some events all bottles may be prohibited)
  • Plastic water bottles cannot exceed 600ml in size
  • Posters, banners or flags larger than 1m in width or height, including any handles
  • Unauthorised advertising material or flyers
  • Musical instruments
  • Umbrellas
  • Prams, pushers, and strollers
  • Any large item that cannot be placed under a seat; and
  • Any other item that in the opinion of MOPT management could cause harm or public nuisance

Bag restrictions for entertainment events:

In addition to our prohibited items list, there will be strict bag restrictions in place for entertainment events (concerts, comedy shows). The below bags will NOT be permitted into Margaret Court Arena:

  • Backpacks of any size, including handbag style backpacks
  • Sports bags of any size
  • Any other bag larger than 30x30cm

Backpacks and larger bags will be permitted for sports events and children's shows. Any bags brought into the venue for these events must be able to fit comfortably under your seat.

Cloaking: Margaret Court Arena offers cloaking free of charge at our information booth. Please note that we do not accept large items such as suitcases, camping gear, fold-out chairs, pillows or sleeping bags. Small carry on size suitcases are permitted.

All items will be visually inspected by our staff, and we reserve the right not to cloak items at our discretion.

2. Alcohol

The Arena is licensed and as such, the following provisions apply:

  • Alcoholic beverages must not be taken into or from the Arena.
  • Intoxicated persons will be refused entry/ evicted from the Arena.
  • Alcohol may only be consumed in designated areas,
  • Alcohol may not be permitted inside the Auditorium at some events.
  • It is an offence for minors to purchase or consume alcohol, or for a person to supply alcohol to a Minor.
  • Breaches of these laws may result in eviction from the Arena and the persons being reported to the Police (penalties apply under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998).

3. Smoking

  • Smoking is not permitted within the Arena.

4. Tickets

  • Tickets must be retained at all times.
  • Any tickets that are damaged, defaced or have been purchased from an unauthorised agent will not permit the holder to be admitted to the Arena.
  • Patrons must occupy the seats specified on their ticket.
  • Patrons who have purchased a concessional ticket for an event must be able to provide valid proof of concession (i.e. proof of age identification or concession card) upon entry into the Arena or when requested.

5. Restrictions on Entry

MOPT management reserves the right to:

  • Refuse entry to any person;
  • Inspect any bags, clothing or other items at entry point or within the Arena at any time.

6. Ejection from Arena

A person may be liable for prosecution or a fine or may be ejected from the Arena where that person:

  • Uses foul or abusive language or makes racial or threatening remarks or gestures;
  • Is deemed by Arena management to be displaying offensive, disorderly or unlawful behaviour;
  • Enters the Arena or other restricted internal area without proper authorisation; or
  • Fails to comply with these conditions of entry or a lawful request from Arena staff.
  • No ticket refund will be paid to any person who is ejected from the Arena. It is an offence for a person to re-enter the Arena for a period of 24 hours after being ejected from the Arena.

7. Other Conditions of Entry

  • Persons under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times within the Arena
  • By entering the Arena patrons agree for their image, likeness or voice to be used as part of any recording of the event.
  • Patrons are advised that the Arena is fitted with electronic surveillance and patrons may be filmed in any area of the Arena.
  • Pass outs will be issued at the discretion of the Arena hirer or Arena management.
  • Patrons enter the Arena at their own risk. Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust (the Trust) has no liability whatsoever for any damaged, lost or stolen property nor for any other loss, damage or injury suffered by any patron, whether in contract, tort or statutory liability to the full extent permitted by law.
  • In addition to the matters set out above, the Trust may exercise any rights granted under the Major Sporting Events Act 2009 (Vic) or other legislation or regulations pertaining to the Arena.


Melbourne & Olympic Parks is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all patrons. Our staff are here to provide assistance and to enhance your opportunity to have a positive experience. Dancing in the General Admission area may subject patrons to high temperatures and strenuous physical contact and is done at your own risk. Patrons are advised to take note of the following guidelines prior to accessing the General Admission area.

  • Keep hydrated
  • Take breaks during the evening – go outside or move to the back of the floor to re-hydrate and cool down.
  • Keep an eye on other patrons and assist them where possible.
  • If you require assistance raise your arm and/or speak to a staff member in a yellow shirt.
  • First Aid assistance is available on the GA floor. Speak to a staff member in a yellow shirt for assistance if required.
  • Moshing and crowd surfing is prohibited. Patrons undertaking these activities may be asked to leave the venue.
  • The following items should not be taken into the General Admission area for your safety: studded belts and bracelets, large earrings and bags.

9. Early event day queuing in Melbourne Park

Margaret Court Arena does not encourage guests to queue early for shows, and queuing is not permitted until 8.00am on the show day. The safety and enjoyment of our guests is our priority, we encourage guests who do arrive early to take care of themselves and eat and drink throughout the day. Please be aware that queuing spaces are un-sheltered.

Venue security is not responsible for keeping the order of the line and may not be present until later in the day. Lines will be self-policed and we strongly encourage guests to look after one another, and respect where each person is in the line. Camping within the Melbourne Park precinct is strictly prohibited.