BNP Paribas Open | Indian Wells 2019

TICKETS
Is it worth the price to buy the Championship Weekend pass for $1K? Is it better to purchase individual tickets for each match you want to see?
SEATS
What sections are best to avoid the sunshine during the days?
PLAYERS
When do they announce the participants in this tournament?
GENERAL ADMISSION
With the GA tickets, are you allowed to walk into any of the matches and watch? Are seats only for reserved ticket holders?
WEATHER
What can we expect as far as temperature?
PARKING
Do you recommend driving to the venue or taking a car share/taxi?

Any advice/words of wisdom you can provide will be greatly appreciated!
 

woodje12

Rookie
Tickets:
I would buy single session tickets but that's me. I'm more of a budget tennis traveler. I'd rather see more events than spend my whole budget on one trip.
Seats:
Unfortunately IIRC, the best seats (i.e., back to the sun) are mostly bought up via package/series sales so you might have to deal with that. Otherwise given how early the BNP is in the year (sun still being fairly low in the sky and not directly overhead) try to get tickets on the south side of the stadium which are facing north and away from the sun. You can Google Indian Wells stadium maps and figure this out.
Players:
Not sure but it doesn't matter -- everyone goes to the BNP because of Larry Ellison's throwing money at it; definitely the 5th Slam
GA:
Yes and this is what I loved about Indian Wells. If you have a main stadium ticket you get access to all the grounds plus the ~half of court 2 that is GA (the bottom half or at least most of it is reserved and you do need a ticket but at least they leave some GA unlike Roland Garros as I found out when they put Rafa on court 2, Lenglen, and we had Chartrier tix...).
Weather:
Hot. When we were there in 2017 it was quite warm with highs getting into the 90's. Of course it is a dry heat unlike Atlanta so wasn't unbearable but it can be hot. That was above average but now isn't all weather these days...
Parking:
Relatively cheap, efficient and close by. Our hotel wasn't that close (Westin Mission Hills with points) so we drove instead of Uber and it was easy.

Enjoy the outer courts; you can refill water bottles there in many places which is nice (RG literally had 1 filling station); the food is good and reasonably priced (not a great deal but not expensive like quality pizza, etc); look for practice schedules -- we were second row between 2 courts with Fed on the right and Rafa on the left; have fun!!
 

jacob22

Professional
TICKETS
Is it worth the price to buy the Championship Weekend pass for $1K? Is it better to purchase individual tickets for each match you want to see?
SEATS
What sections are best to avoid the sunshine during the days?
PLAYERS
When do they announce the participants in this tournament?
GENERAL ADMISSION
With the GA tickets, are you allowed to walk into any of the matches and watch? Are seats only for reserved ticket holders?
WEATHER
What can we expect as far as temperature?
PARKING
Do you recommend driving to the venue or taking a car share/taxi?

Any advice/words of wisdom you can provide will be greatly appreciated!
TICKETS
My family has purchased series box seats and suite seats in the main stadium for the past two years. Personally, I would not just go for the Championship weekend unless you don't care who is playing. I wouldn't pay 1K for box seats to see 2 men's semis, 1 men's/women's final, and doubles finals. Granted last year's Federer/JDP and Federer/Coric matches were excellent. If you want to see a lot of matches with your favorites players, their practices, I would get opening weekend tickets. Mid-week is good for seeing more competitive matches between higher ranked players. If don't have to see Federer or Nadal(who only primarily play in stadium one), then I would save money and get a grounds pass and you can watch matches in any of the other stadiums. Stadium 2 has a lot of good matches and has a a small area of GA seats in the lower level and all GA seats in the upper level(great views).

SEATS
As to which seats are best to avoid the sun, just look at the price of the seats. South starts getting the shade first, then SW and West.

PLAYERS
It's almost mandatory for ATP/WTA players to play unless injured or meet an exception(longetivity, Federer, etc).

GA
There are GA seats in all stadiums except for Stadium one. The reserved seats are usually the ones with the least amount of sun.

WEATHER
Varies. Average high temp according to the Weather Channel is 80s. Two years ago, it was very hot, in the 90s during the day, 50-60s at night. This year, it was cooler and breezy, almost too cold in the shade.

PARKING
Haven't used Uber but they seems to have a specified rideshare drop off area at the front of the stadium. I would avoid general parking, can be long lines/traffic/long(relatively) walk. Consider buying a VIP parking pass from Craigslist for $20 or less), shorter line for parking and short walk to grounds.

MISC
Make sure to get a free radio headset to listen to the espn commentary of the matches. They do run out. I find it helps to know what's going on sometimes.

Autographs-If you or your kids want to get autographs, best options are: watch a player practice(they usually sign autographs afterwards, my son got a Federer autograph this way) and watch matches in the stadium 3 or lower courts(get close to the area behind the player's benches before the end of the match). Forget trying to get any autographs in the larger stadiums, too many people to compete with, enough time, ushers may block you if you don't have a seat in that section.

You can bring your own snacks, drinks(unopened container). No hard-sided coolers. Buy a souvenir cup drink daily, unlimited refills(keep receipt to show). Food is not bad, on the expensive side. Of course, check out the TW Warehouse store/racquet demo area. They also have daily autograph signing mid week, get a wristband, get in line. Players seem less then enthusiastic when signing there IMHO.
 
Thank you both for your perspectives. I appreciate your help! The championship weekend package is a bit on the steep side, and I'm not even sure if we would attend all of these matches. I see the individual tickets are not available to purchase, but the seats are all in the loge sections. Still debating on what to do and when to go, but now I'm leaning more towards picking and choosing days to attend and having higher seats due to pricing.
 

TennisJC

New User
I found tickets for the 1st week as low as $6 each + fees online as people bought too early and found out they can't go*.
https://www.tennis-bargains.com/2019/02/us-tennis-tickets-indian-wells-and.html
This seems to happens at every tennis tournament where others bought plans and mini-plans finding out they only go to half of them.

If anyone is going the first week, let me know which days - maybe will see you there.
I also got tickets for a special $150K 10pt tie-breaker event (Eisenhower Cup) on Tues night @ 7pm that has Rafa and Thiem playing...
 
If anyone is going the first week, let me know which days - maybe will see you there.
I also got tickets for a special $150K 10pt tie-breaker event (Eisenhower Cup) on Tues night @ 7pm that has Rafa and Thiem playing...[/QUOTE]

I won't be in PS then. I'll be there second week. I only have tickets for 3 days. I have friends traveling with me and they might get bored if we do all tennis/all the time. So I needed to pick and choose wisely. Thanks for the tips!
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Crazy poor Asian here.
I've gone to maybe 4 pro tourneys as a spectator and never paid. Worked at co-sponsor tennis shop.
Still haven't paid for watching tennis matches, football or basketball events or Supercross races.
 
Crazy poor Asian here.
I've gone to maybe 4 pro tourneys as a spectator and never paid. Worked at co-sponsor tennis shop.
Still haven't paid for watching tennis matches, football or basketball events or Supercross races.
Wow, that is great! I'm so envious! Watching a top level tennis match has been a "bucket list" item, so I'm really excited. Although I'd be happy to get in without paying, I guess ithe only way to make it happen was to dish out some cash. We didn't go "crazy", but at least we are there!
 

TennisJC

New User
Even after 4 Slams, I find you will get your best "value" of seeing everyone at the Masters. $20 GA is probably the best bet for more 1st timers. You get plenty of action on the side courts if you are lucky...practice courts at IW are the main attraction for most fans. I try to see all the top 20 before any upsets happen but some enjoy those too! Definitely best not to watch from the 400 levels at Stadium 1. Being the 2nd Biggest stadium in Tennis is not necessarily a good thing in the nosebleeds*
 

thedude99

New User
Toying with the idea of going to IW this year. My wife is not a huge tennis fan (except for when Kyrigos playing lol) but would enjoy watching a day of events. So I'm thinking we would check out a day of tennis and then the remaining 5-6 days explore the area. What exactly is there to do there beyond the tennis? We are not golfers. I see both LA and San Diego are about 2 hours away....
 
Palm Springs has a lot to offer besides the IW tournament. But it really depends on your interests. As an architecture fan, I enjoy the mid century modern look and enjoy simply exploring. There is the main downtown PS where there is shopping and dining, as well as a casino. There's also a lot of outdoor activities like driving to Joshua Tree or taking the tram up the mountain. There are some interesting galleries and antique shops. But remember PS is where the folks from LA would come to get away from the hustle and bustle, so by comparison, it's not as fast paced and exciting, in my opinion. You can probably pick several things you really want to do in PS and cover them all in 2 or 3 days. If you want to be more relaxed, stay by the pool, etc, then stay longer. But for more excitement and sightseeing, LA has more bang for your buck. And people drive into PS for the day just to watch tennis, so that's not unheard of. I hope that helps.
 
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