Attending a professional tennis tournament like the BNP Paribas Open is a wonderful experience, but it can certainly be a challenge figuring out how to best organize your day. With open seating throughout several of the stadiums and matches starting and wrapping up at different times, you need to come up with a general plan. Here are some tips:


Main Court is the second largest tennis specific stadium in the world! – (Photo Credit: © Marianne Bevis)

Get there early and focus on the players you really want to see. Chances are you are not going to see every match that you would have liked to, but if you plan accordingly and smart, you’ll have a great time. The two major stadiums at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden are the 16,100 seated Main Court and the 8,000 seated Stadium II. Most major matches will take place in these two stadiums. Main Court is seat-assigned so you can rest easy knowing you’ll always have a place to sit and enjoy what are usually the marquee matches.  The daily schedule is usually posted in the morning so you can get to business early planning your day.

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Djokovic serving to Federer in Stadium 1 at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open!- (Photo Credit: © Marianne Bevis)

But exploring the other stadiums and matches is often a delight as well.  Given the open seating policy this enables people with poor Main Court seats an opportunity to get close to the action at the other venues! I recommend finding a match you want to see at Stadium II and getting there early. The stadium is partially shaded in the afternoon and those seats go quickly! But as long as you get in early, you’ll be able to find a good seat for most matches. Be careful about big stars and American players though as such matches are typically the most crowded.


One of the side courts – (Photo Credit: © InSapphowetrust)

Engage in the other small courts as well to see doubles matches and younger, less proven players. Often times these courts are mostly empty and you can get wonderful seats! Additionally, these games showcase potential stars of the future! Be sure to move around a lot and get a change of scenery. Part of the experience at the BNP Paribas Open is exploring the grounds, enjoying the many food options, and taking in the wonderful aura that surrounds the event. Being stuck in the same seat can grow boring.  Also consider checking out the practice courts to see some of the big stars warm up!  Here is some information about fine dining options at the event:

Due to the flexible nature of tennis scheduling, you’ll be likely to miss parts or sometimes all of a particular match you wanted to see. Don’t fret over it! You must understand that you won’t be able to catch all the big moments that occur over the course of any given day. However, if you plan and keep an eye out on when specific matches are wrapping up or starting, you can be sure to get the most out of your day at the BNP Paribas Open!  Check here for tickets!

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Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller has enjoyed the sport of tennis for many years.An enthusiast who covers all major sports, he finds tennis to be one of the most pleasant and inspirational games around to watch. He also spends his time as a musician in Los Angeles.
Nicholas Spiller

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