We paid $44 for a ground pass. We could have paid $39 but we waited and forgot until it was too late. Every year we always choose the good matches and not the Grand Final. Why? There are too many people and it is too expensive for us students.
There were a lot of people and a lot of lines and waiting. Once you got in it was fun but the waiting around outside Hisense required patience and people had none.
We weren’t able to see much anyway. The things that we saw such as the Blackmores wellbeing and Woolowrths fresh food place might not be there on Grand Final day. We also saw the Shanghai Rolex place and got some fun shots in there. The lacoste place was alright.
The Woolworths place used to offer free samples last year, but I think that they decided to cost cut and not offer any samples anymore. Instead the place is really expensive and most of the skewers and salads I can get in the city for a fraction of the price. However there is this new sugar free tea which has stevia in it that was on offer and I am keen to give this a go in the city. I got a $1 tea voucher for it.
The Blackmores place offered some samples for us to take home which is good. And they also offered us some free yoghurt, tea and other things. The only downside is that I was only allowed to take three samples. Medibank house let everyone play tennis for free, but it was too crowded so no go.
Last year and this year I went to Cafe Aroma to relax and unwind before going back on to the court. I had a chance to have my supplements there as well as my tea. I also enjoyed a lovely pear tiramisu. This place is only a pop up cafe for the event and my afternoon tea came out to $18.50. The hot dog and chips bought inside the stadium was $11.40 and was fattening. But at least I went for a walk afterwards.
My advice is to bring your own food unless you relish waiting in long lines and go there for the whole day and night. Bring enough snacks and your Herbalife supplements. Bring your own water as drinks are expensive there and there is free water for your bottle at one of the many fountains. Oh and don’t bother driving. It takes forever to find a free park and around that area you would have to pay for parking. Instead take the free tram from the city (trams in the city are free nowadays) or the train to Richmond station. Or you could walk to Flinders st as it is healthier.