Indian Wells Tennis Garden is pushing its attendance up to and over the 400,000 mark as it stages the BNP Paribas Open, having completed and opened its brand new 8,000-seat Stadium. The Garden’s scope is extraordinary, with 41,485 seats, 29 courts, three luxury restaurants, 417 date palms, 7,000 parking spaces all spread across 54 acres in the Coachella Valley.
The recent completion of the $70 million project to improve and expand the tennis park means the 13-day professional tournament could attract up to 420,000 spectators, with a regional economic impact of some $350 million, according to a George Washington University. Last year’s attendance was just more than 382,000 fans. The Main Stadium, at 16,100 seats, is the second largest tennis stadium in the world behind Arthur Ashe Stadium. Steve Simon BNP Tournament Director, said:
While the Coachella Valley has always been a tennis destination, the ever increasing number of fans that attend the BNP Paribas Open, coupled with the on-site experience that the Indian Wells Tennis Garden provides each year, continue to confirm that this is one of the premier destinations for tennis in the world.
The expansion will also make the Paribas Open the first tournament to have the Hawkeye system installed on all nine courts and site-wide public wi-fi for accessing the tournament app.