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Melbourne Madness

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Melbournians could be forgiven for breathing a collective sigh of relief at the end of this week, when the Australian Open – this year characterised by extreme heat in the early rounds, and shock exits of some loftily-seeded players – wraps up and the international tennis stars shuffle off. That sigh seems unlikely to eventuate, though, given the slew of other events sure to keep sports fans entertained.

Melbourne has, in the past, been heralded as the sporting capital of the world. Whether or not this label is deserved, it’s certain that the city is never short on high quality sporting drawcards, with international stars forever jetting in and out. If there’s one thing we can be certain of, it’s that it’s been a busy season for the Melbourne hotel industry – and for good reason.

Cricket

If you’re not a fan of the sport, you could be forgiven for feeling like this year’s summer of cricket has dragged on for far too long. Unfortunately, as a cricket abstainer, you’d also be in the minority there.

Australia and England will face off once again at the MCG on the last day of January. At this point the result seems all but assured. It’s important, though, that the Australian team don’t rest on their laurels, as so many teams in their position would do. Redoubling their efforts and not relying purely on the momentum of this summer will ensure that Clarke and co. maintain the incredible winning streak they’ve been experiencing.

To get a true indication of just how taxing this summer has been for English fans, you could consider checking in to a Melbourne CBD hotel populated by Poms. Their howls of woe and admissions of lethargy are sure to make this match all the more enjoyable for Australian spectators, and victory all the sweeter for our own excellent team.

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As soon as the words “Grand Prix” are uttered, most of us can almost hear the roaring of engines, and smell the burning of rubber. This year – as always – the event will not only attract adrenaline junkie drivers and their incredible machines, but also a nest of celebrities and a sea of crowds. The Grand Prix is certainly in the top tier of annual sports outings hosted by Melbourne – along with the Open and the Melbourne Cup – and is not to be missed by motoring enthusiasts. The high esteem in which the event is held means that leaving bookings to the last minute can result in a desperate, often disappointing scramble for tickets and accommodation. Rev-heads who have brains to match, then, should be sure to book a room at Hotel Urban Melbourne as far in advance as possible. On your marks, get set…!

Golf

Compared to the adrenaline of the Grand Prix, the 2014 Handa Australian Women’s Open is sure to be a civilised – if at times still cutthroat – event. This year’s tournament will attract many of the world’s top ten female golfers, including defending champion Jiyai Shin. The standard of the game is excellent, so we can only hope that the media gives this tournament the attention it warrants.

Excitement Builds for Australian Open 2014

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One of the most exciting and eminent events on the sporting calendar in Australia is back with a vengeance in January. With higher levels of doting than a Taylor Swift concert, more grunts than a gorilla park and greater controversy than a DRS cricket scandal, it can only be one thing…the beloved Australian Open. The 2014 tournament is being held in Melbourne from 13-26th January.

The Asia Pacific Grand Slam is one of the most important tennis tournaments of the year because it sets the tone for the tennis players as they begin a fresh year
of competition. The 2014 tournament is of particular significance because it marks the return of Andy Murray following months of injury and it heralds the 10th anniversary of Roger Federer’s first Australian Open victory, an act which the tennis legend is adamant on repeating.

The Australian Open provides Australians with the important advantage of playing on their own home turf and being cheered on by an explosive home crowd. Our Aussie tennis players are ready for a fierce few weeks of competition against the best players in the world. The top seeded Aussies, Bernard Tomic and Samantha Stosur are ready to don their green and gold and make the country proud after an intense period of preparation leading up to the tournament. Former number one, Lleyton Hewitt is reportedly back to his peak fitness and is feeling better than he has in years. Wildcards, Casey Dellacqua and newcomer 19-year-old Jordan Thompson will bring fresh blood and vigour to an all-star lineup.

99 of the top 100 players in both the men and women’s open competition will be pitting racquet against racquet in what is set to be one of the most entertaining competitions in years. With appearances from returning victors, Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka, as well as current world number one’s Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, you want to strap yourself in for two weeks of thrilling, world class tennis. 
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The stakes are even higher this year with an increase of $3 million in prize winnings to a massive $33 million. CEO of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley reports, “these incredible athletes deserve every cent and we will continue to do everything in our power to make the life of an international professional tennis player more worthwhile”.

On top of the prize money increase, the Australian Open 2014 will also see a heavily improved sporting complex following the Victorian Government’s $336 million redevelopment project of Margaret Court Arena (MCA). The MCA now has a large new roof providing over 3200mof shade to seated areas. There are also extra bridges for increased ease of access and more locker rooms, gyms, and rest facilities for players. 

Rather than stagnantly watching the tennis by yourself from behind the divide of the television screen, you want to ensure you are part of the action for this incredible tournament. The priceless atmosphere of the Australian Open is a once-in-a-year opportunity and it is the perfect time to make a trip to Melbourne. With the unprecedented skill level present at the tournament and so much competition fervour from players looking to make a comeback or preserve their title, you’ll be kicking yourself if you’re not in Melbourne in January 2014.

Make the trip easier by staying at a Melbourne CBD hotel simply around the corner from the arena. Ticket prices are already on the rise due to such high demand, and both flights and Melbourne hotel prices will only follow suit. Book now to avoid increased prices, or missing out altogether. Check out the Australian Open and Australian Open Series Ticket Guide for all the information on how to get tickets and to make your stay in Melbourne much smoother and easier. Visit Ticketek to secure yourself tickets to to the exhilarating tournament now. For convenient and comfortable accommodation, book yourself a room at Urban Hotel Melbourne before they all sell out.

 

Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix World Championships 2014

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As the 2013 formula one grand prix season comes to a close, people are already turning their attention to next year’s dramatic F1 season. And all eyes are on Melbourne, the official location of the 2014 formula one grand prix world championships opening round.

Melbourne has been locked in to host the action-packed formula one Australian formula one grand prix on 13-16 March 2014 after a World Motorsport council meeting in Dubrovnik. A number of fresh changes have been made for next year’s season, making the anticipation for the series even more intense. These include new races, technical alterations to cars and new driver line ups. 24-year-old Australian Daniel Ricciardo is set to replace Mark Webber for the most coveted seat in the F1 as team leader for Red Bull in 2014.

Melbourne is under pressure to open the esteemed 2014 formula one grand prix in extravagant style thanks to the dramatic changes being made to the sport. But Australian Grand Prix Cooperation Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Westacott is confident the tireless work of event organisers will “ensure that the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship begins in the best possible way – with world-class entertainment on-track and off.”

Formula one enthusiasts are thrilled to be having the opening race for the world championships on home turf. As well as attracting Formula one grand prix fans from all over the globe, the race will be sure to entice melbourne grand prix2a huge Australian audience, with thousands of Aussie devotees flocking to Melbourne to gain a glimpse of the exhilarating competition.

Grandstand ticket prices to the 4 day event range from $320-$565 depending on location, vantage point and catering options. You could also become a member to go into the running to take a ride in a Swisse Formula 2-seater rider witness action behind the scenes and gain access to an advantage bar and to exclusive content.

Tickets are already starting to sell out for the Melbourne formula one grand prix and with just 138 days to go until the big event, tickets will become harder to acquire with each passing day. Plan your trip to Melbourne on 13-16 March 2014 today to avoid missing out on tickets, flights and Melbourne hotel Accommodation. With such a huge crowd expected to flock to the city, Melbourne CBD hotels will rapidly become full around that time. Check out Urban Hotel Melbourne for an affordable and convenient stay that will place you right in the centre of the racing action.