Breaking Ground At Indian Wells
Published March 08, 2013 12:00
INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - The Indian Wells Tennis Garden - home of the BNP Paribas Open, the most attended ATP World Tour and WTA event in the world - recently announced expansion plans targeted for the 2014 tournament, and on Friday the official ground breaking ceremony took place, featuring WTA stars Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic, ATP World Tour stars Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
The plans include a permanent Stadium 2 that will feature 8,000 seats and two restaurants, a marquee site entrance on Washington Street with a new box office, a new 19,000 square foot shade structure identical to the one built in 2012, four additional practice courts, expansion of the current Miles Street entrance, an upgraded valet and accessible parking area on the north side, an additional grass parking space for up to 2,000 cars, and expansion and relocation of the TV production compound.
These plans build upon changes the tournament made the past few years including becoming the only tournament in the world to have the Hawkeye Challenge System on all match courts, increasing total prize money to more than $11 million, installing a 19,000 square foot shade structure to the Tennis Garden Village, adding additional seating to outer courts and practice courts and placing numerous video walls and information towers throughout the site. All the enhancements are designed to create an incomparable venue to enjoy world class tennis while also delivering a relaxing atmosphere.
"We are extremely excited about our expansion," commented Raymond Moore, CEO of the BNP Paribas Open. "Larry Ellison's vision for this tournament has been nothing short of incredible, and the innovations and enhancements he has put forth have benefitted fans and players alike. These tournament-specific changes will continue to put this facility on par with the best in the world, deliver an unparalleled experience for fans and ultimately make the BNP Paribas Open better than ever before."