Dining areas in the new eastern annex will serve players during the Australian Open and fans attending concerts. (Courtesy Melbourne & Olympic Parks)

The "Player Pod," underground buggy rides and a new loading dock and rigging system are among the latest changes at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, built in 1988 to host tennis’ Australian Open.

A multiyear $975 million Australian dollar series of renovations at the stadium — which holds 14,800 for tennis and 16,...


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