The 2019 Miami Open Moves to Hard Rock Stadium

Tennis in Miami is about to go through a transformation.

If you build it will they come?  The Dolphins and the IMG (the owners of the Miami Open) believe they will. With the 60 million dollar transformation of the Master Series 1000 event held in Key Biscayne since 1987.  The 2019 Miami Open is on the move to Hard Rock Stadium

The Miami Open has long been a pioneer in tennis offering the “Winter Wimbledon” concept in the mid 1980’s and was the first tournament to unveil “hawkeye” technology on Stadium Court allowing players two replay challenges of line calls during each set.  Since then the brand itself, while thriving, struggled from a real estate stand point to keep up with Madrid, Shanghai and Indian Wells stadium upgrades and expansions.


The Magic City known for real estate cranes as part of it’s urban backdrop couldn’t wait any longer for the politics to align.  Tournament owners and real estate developer and Miami Dolphins owner Steven Ross hatched a plan that will keep the Miami Open in the Sunshine state for many years to come.  The Miami Open will move to Hard Rock Stadium.

With ample parking and a newly renovated football stadium fans are curious what a tennis tournament will be like built into a parking lot of the Miami Dolphins and will the Stadium Court be on the football field?


Innovation drives economies by helping businesses producing more with less.  In real estate development like the new tennis facility at Hard Rock stadium, questions are starting to be debated about the growth of the tennis economy and the innovation of a tennis club in a football stadium’s parking lot.

Curated by Brian Lutz from Backhand City.  Polling data includes: local tennis fans, industry insiders and polling on social

What do you think will be done with the courts during the 50 weeks when there is no Miami Open going on?

What will the center court experience be like inside the football stadium?

Will the luxury suites seem too far away to see a tennis match?

Could it become and high end private club for tennis players?

What will tailgaters make of the tennis facility in their parking lot?

How much would you pay to play tennis at Hard Rock Tennis Club?

How is the construction coming along?

How long will it take to drive there from downtown Miami?

How much are tickets?


crandon park tennis center

Miami Dede County is still unsure what will become of Crandon Park Tennis Center’s Stadium Court.

Will the tired facility get a facelift by the county?

What will they do with the Stadium?

How happy are residents of Key Biscayne now that the tournament is on the move?

Get ready South Florida the Miami Open is coming to a parking lot near you in March 2019 just a few months from now.

The tournament affectionately known to long time Miami tennis fans as the Lipton is moving to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens in 2019.

Brian Lutz is a Miami Tennis Professional and Blogger. You can follow him and all the local news and insight on tennis in Miami at Backhand City

Brian Lutz

Brian Lutz

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