Indian Wells Tennis Garden

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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

Indian Wells Tennis Garden
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Location Indian Wells, California, USA
Owner Larry Ellison
Operator Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore (PM Sports Management)
Capacity

Stadium 1: 16,100

Stadium 2: 8,000
Surface Hard (Plexipave), Outdoors
Construction
Opened March 2000 (March 3, 2014 expansion)
Construction cost $77 million ($11 million 2014 expansion)
Architect Rossetti Architects

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a tennis facility in Indian Wells, California, in the Coachella Valley. It is the home of 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] The Indian Wells Tennis Garden also hosts junior and adult United States Tennis Association events year-round[3] In addition to these large events, during the week members are able to use the courts for recreational play and the Tennis Garden sets up matches for individuals who want to play. Additionally, the venue offers clinics and there are professionals on staff available for a fee.

The $77 million facility was built in March 2000, and was designed by Rossetti Associates Architects. In total, the Tennis Garden contains 29 tennis courts,[4] including a 16,100-seat Stadium 1, 11 match courts, 6 practice courts, and 2 Har-Tru clay courts on 88 acres (360,000 m2).[5] Stadium 1 is the second largest tennis-specific stadium in the world.[6][7]

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.[8]

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

BNP Paribas Open[edit]

The BNP Paribas Open has been held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden since 2009. Prior to that it was home to the Pacific Life Open and the Indian Wells Masters tennis events. The tournament is held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden 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 BNP Paribas Open attracts both tourists and celebrities to the Coachella Valley. The tournament also helps local charities with donations, and the tennis stars themselves sometimes help out.[citation needed]

Expansion[edit]

After the conclusion of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, the Tennis Garden underwent a huge expansion, including a new permanent Stadium 2 with a capacity of 8,000 and containing three new restaurants overlooking the court,[9] a new Tennis Garden Village (18,000 sq ft), and additional seating to the outer and practice courts. A grand entrance to the tennis grounds on Washington St with a new box office and an additional 2,000 paved parking spots were also constructed during the expansion. There are now numerous video walls throughout the Tennis Garden with new information towers.[10] The expansion was complete by the start of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open.[11] [12]

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