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Indian Wells Tennis Garden
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Location Indian Wells, California, United States
Owner Larry Ellison
Operator Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore (PM Sports Management)
Capacity Stadium 1: 16,100 Stadium 2: 8,000
SurfaceHard (Plexipave), Outdoors
Construction
OpenedMarch 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, near Palm Springs, California, in the Coachella Valley. The 16,100-capacity Stadium 1 is the largest stadium at the tennis complex, and the second largest outdoor tennis stadium in the world (after the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open). It is the home of the BNP Paribas Open (previously the Pacific Life Open), a joint event of both the men's ATP World Tour and the women's WTA Tour, and constitutes the fifth largest tournament in the world, held each year in March. [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 can 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.

Tennis ball sport with racket and net

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

Indian Wells, California City in California, United States

Indian Wells is a city in Riverside County, California, in the Coachella Valley. Incorporated in 1967, it lies in between Palm Desert and the resort town of La Quinta. As of July 1, 2017, the estimated city population was 5,404.

Palm Springs, California City in California, United States

Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. It is located approximately 55 mi (89 km) east of San Bernardino, 107 mi (172 km) east of Los Angeles, 123 mi (198 km) northeast of San Diego, and 268 mi (431 km) west of Phoenix, Arizona. The population was 44,552 as of the 2010 census. Palm Springs covers approximately 94 square miles (240 km2), making it the largest city in the county by land area.

The $77 million facility was built in March 2000, and was designed by Rossetti Associates Architects. It was a result of former no. 1 US player, tournament chairman and owner of the BNP Paribas Open, Charlie Pasarell, partnering with Raymond Moore, to privately raise the money to fund the $77 million development. When Pasarell and his partners first purchased 88 acres of sand in the middle of the Coachella Valley, many doubted its ability to attract people, as all other major tournaments are located in large metropolitan areas, such as Paris, London, New York City, and Melbourne. However, subsequent owners have shared and built on Pasarell's vision for the center. In 2006, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was bought by a group of private investors including Tennis Magazine owners George Mackin and Bob Miller, Pete Sampras, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Greg Norman, Charlie Pasarell, and Raymond Moore. In December 2009, Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, became the owner of both the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the BNP Paribas Open. A long-term tennis enthusiast, Ellison continually invests in upgrading the facility, including a new, permanent Stadium 2 with 8,000 seats, two 19,000-square-foot shade structures, 29 world-class courts, 23 lighted courts, upgraded locker rooms and fitness areas, a 108-seat press room and 18 broadcast booths, eight acres of outdoor exposition space and 54 acres of outdoor parking.

Rossetti Architects

ROSSETTI is an architectural design and planning firm headquartered in Detroit, Michigan The firm engages in the design of professional sports stadiums, arenas, entertainment venues, institutions and commercial buildings. Within the past decade, ROSSETTI has also focused on designing sports anchored developments and master planning, where stadiums are designed and planned to carefully integrate into an urban environment.

Charlie Pasarell US tennis player and promoter

Charles Manuel Pasarell Jr. is a former Puerto Rican tennis player, Tennis Administrator and founder of the current Indian Wells tournament. He has also commented for the Tennis Channel and with Arthur Ashe and Sheridan Snyder formed the National Junior tennis League. He was ten times ranked in the top ten of the U.S. and No. 1 in 1967 and World No. 11 in 1966. Representing the United States as a player, he has been heavily engaged in the administration of the professional game from the inception of the ATP in 1972 and has been Vice President when he was still playing and until recently on the Board of Directors representing the Americas tournaments. In 2013 Pasarell was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Raymond Moore (tennis) South African tennis player

Raymond J. "Ray" Moore is a former professional tennis player from South Africa. During his career he won eight doubles titles, finishing runner-up an additional 12 times in doubles. Moore participated in 12 Davis Cup ties for South Africa from 1967 to 1977, including the 1974 South African victory, posting a 12–10 record in singles and posting an 0–1 mark in doubles.

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 IWTG Stadium 1.JPG
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]

The Who English rock band

The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

Tom Petty American musician

Thomas Earl Petty was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch. He was also a co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Andrea Bocelli Italian tenor and singer-songwriter

Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Celine Dion has said that "if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli," and David Foster, a record producer, often describes Bocelli's voice as the most beautiful in the world.

Evening view of the grounds during the 2008 Pacific Life Open. IWTG Evening Grounds.JPG
Evening view of the grounds during the 2008 Pacific Life Open.
Evening view of the grounds during the 2013 BNP Paribas Open. 2013 Indian Wells Masters tennis court - 002.jpg
Evening view of the grounds during the 2013 BNP Paribas Open.

Indian Wells Masters

The Indian Wells Masters, also known by its currently sponsored name BNP Paribas Open, has been held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden since 2009. Previously, 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 an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the ATP World Tour and a Premier Mandatory on the WTA Tour. The tournament also helps local charities with donations, and the tennis stars themselves sometimes help out.[ citation needed ]

Indian Wells Masters tennis tournament

The Indian Wells Masters, also known as BNP Paribas Open and the WTA Indian Wells Open, is an annual tennis tournament held in March at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, United States.

Expansion

After the conclusion of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, the Tennis Garden underwent an 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 Street, with a new box office and an additional 2,000 paved parking spots. 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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