The BNP Paribas Open has been named Tournament of the Year in the Masters 1000 category by the 2018 ATP World Tour Awards for the fifth year in a row. Fever-Tree Championships and Intrum Stockholm Open were also named Tournament of the Year in their respective categories. Each tournament is categorized by tournament level and voted on by the tournament tennis participants. The winning tournament operated at the highest level of professionalism and integrity, providing the best conditions and atmosphere for the participating players.
“We are honored and humbled that for the fifth straight year, our event has been recognized by the players as Tournament of the Year,” said Tournament Director Tommy Haas. “Our entire staff works incredibly hard to deliver a world-class experience, and our goal will be to make the 2019 event even better this March.”
It’s no surprise the tournament took top honors considering the recent renovations that further improve the experience for spectators and athletes alike. In 2017, Stadium 1 and the Stadium Plaza had a $60 million stadium renovation done to enhance the fan experience at the BNP Paribas Open. Renovations included a 100k square foot expansion of the Stadium Plaza, remodeling the suites and hospitality spaces and adding 21 new restaurants and concessions. In addition, the Stadium Plaza was added as a permanent part of the Stadium as well as a massive expansion to the Superwall allowing up to five matches to be displayed at one time. Not only were the preexisting restrooms renovated, but restrooms were also added to the upper bowl, where there were not any previously. In order to expand the second level suites to include private restrooms, the open-air portion of the Concourse level was covered.
Renovations didn’t stop there. A brand-new media room, two-story office building for tournament management and staff, and additional commissaries to accommodate the new concessions were added as well as a Front Box Club, fitness center, club pro shop, satellite broadcast studio and 200-person hospitality room.
This year, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden underwent a beautification project further amplifying the feeling of a tennis paradise. The project included an addition of 62 palm trees throughout the grounds, floral installations, pavers, plants and other greenery and two new fountains located in the middle of the new palm tree grove and outside of the retail space.
“Indian Wells seeks to be a world class experience on every level, from our stunning golf courses, to our Resort Campus environment. We are proud to be home to the Tennis Garden and look forward to welcoming world champions and their fans back to Indian Wells every year.” said Mayor Kimberly Muzik.