Indian Wells Tennis Garden

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Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells-Tennis Garden.jpg
Location Indian Wells, California, USA
Opened March 2000 (March 3, 2014 Expansion)
Owner Larry Ellison
Operator Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore (PM Sports Management)
Surface Hard (Plexipave), Outdoors
Construction cost $ 77 million ($ 11 million 2014 expansion)
Architect Rossetti Architects
Capacity

Main Court 16,100

Stadium II 8,000

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a tennis facility in Indian Wells, California, in the Coachella Valley. It is the home of the Indian Wells Masters tournament, a.k.a. the BNP Paribas Open (previously the Pacific Life Open), a joint event of the ATP World Tour and the WTA Tour which constitutes the fifth largest tournament in the world.[1][2] Indian Wells Tennis Garden also hosts the junior and adult USTA events year round[3] In addition to these large events, during the week members are able to use the courts for recreational play. The tennis garden sets up matches for individuals who want to play. Also, they have clinics and there are pros available for a fee.

The US$ 77 million facility was built in March 2000, and was designed by Rossetti Associates Architects. It includes a 16,100-seat Stadium court, 11 match courts, 6 practice courts, and 2 Har-Tru clay courts on 88 acres (360,000 m2).[4] The stadium court is the second largest tennis-specific stadium in the world.[5][6]

Stadium 1 during Roger Federer's evening match in 2008

As well as tennis, the venue has hosted concerts by artists such as The Eagles, The Who, Tom Petty, Andrea Bocelli, and RBD.[3]

The NBA has played three pre-season exhibition games at Indian Wells, with all these events involving the Phoenix Suns. The first game featured the Suns against the Denver Nuggets on October 11, 2008; the NBA's first outdoor game since September 1972. On October 10, 2009 the Suns played the Golden State Warriors and on October 9, 2010 the game featured the Suns and the Dallas Mavericks.[7]

Evening view of the grounds during the 2008 Pacific Life Open.

Indian Wells Masters[edit]

The Indian Wells Masters has been held here since its opening in 2000. The tournament is held annually here in the second week of March. The tournament is a ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the ATP World Tour and a Premier Mandatory on the WTA Tour. The Tennis Tournament brings a lot of tourist and celebrities to the Coachella Valley. The tournament also helps a lot of local charities with donations and the tennis stars themselves helping out.[citation needed]

Expansion[edit]

After the 2013 BNP Paribas Open was over the tennis garden started a huge expansion. It will include a new permanent stadium II with a capacity of 8,000, 2 new restaurants, a new Tennis Garden Village (18,000 sq ft), and additional seating to the outer and practice courts. It also includes a grand entrance to the tennis grounds on Washington St with a new box office with additional 2,000 paved parking spots. There are going to be numerous new video walls throughout the tennis garden with new information towers.[8] The new expansion is planned to be done by the start of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open.[9] [10]

Stadium II[edit]

The New Stadium II will have a capacity of 8,000. The new permanent stadium is going to be ready by March 2014 for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open. It will also have suites and a box score.

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Coordinates: 33°43′26.72″N 116°18′20.17″W / 33.7240889°N 116.3056028°W / 33.7240889; -116.3056028