Federer thinks how they set up the court in Hard Rock is odd.

HunterST

Hall of Fame
#1
In his press conference, he said the stadium had a good atmosphere, but is set up oddly. He said he thought they should have put the court "in the corner" instead of the "long side" because the sides "are steep."

I have no idea what he means. Does anyone have a grasp on how they've set up the court within the football stadium?
 
#2
Hard Rock is pretty much a square with relatively equal sides

Not sure exactly what would be better behind the endzones

Cant put it in the corner because the angles would be awful

 
#7
Very poor aesthetics . It looks no better than the Atlanta stadium they have under the interstate and what looks like put together in the matter of 10 days that will be ripped out a week after the tournament gets over

A small 5000-10000 center court that is constructed neatly would have been much more appealing

This is another USA ‘Bigger is better ‘ nonsense
 
#8
Bon Appetito, Roger!!! Pasta man has an opinion on just about everything. I suspect the planners of this thing considered various options in the stadium and the logistic advantages and disadvantages of various layouts before they made a decision.
 
#9
France Davis Cup stadium

Not sure how to post the image but that shows how France set up the davis cup final in a football (soccer) stadium, it had a great atmosphere and looked a lot better on screen than the miami open. Not sure if the hard rock design would allow for the set up (e.g. if it's too big, it will look emptier!)
 
#15
In his press conference, he said the stadium had a good atmosphere, but is set up oddly. He said he thought they should have put the court "in the corner" instead of the "long side" because the sides "are steep."

I have no idea what he means. Does anyone have a grasp on how they've set up the court within the football stadium?
No idea what Federer is on about but it must be right because he said it.
 
#20
The 200 level seats on the "non-Club" side feel steep like the old Louis Armstrong stadium - Federer is right. Waste of time to be in the Stadium if you don't have an extremely low level seat.
 

Wander

Professional
#21
Bon Appetito, Roger!!! Pasta man has an opinion on just about everything. I suspect the planners of this thing considered various options in the stadium and the logistic advantages and disadvantages of various layouts before they made a decision.
To be fair, he was asked about it.
 

NKDM

Professional
#22
The 200 level seats on the "non-Club" side feel steep like the old Louis Armstrong stadium - Federer is right. Waste of time to be in the Stadium if you don't have an extremely low level seat.
Same reason I tell folks visiting the US Open for the first time not to buy AA nosebleed tix just because they are affordable. The only good use for them is to get a good view of Manhattan.

Money better spent on grounds passes for week 1. Walk the grounds and watch these pros hitting the smack out of the ball up close. Gives you new respect for what it takes to win trophies.
 
#24
That's because this is the Lille Footbal Club, that has a retractable roof and was built as a multi-purpose venue, in order to host all kind of events, and not only soccer matches...it has a "phenomenal floor plan that sees two main levels. The red clay tennis court that has been laid for the Davis Cup Final is situated on the lowest level. Above that is the premier surface area, which is divided into two halves, with natural grass that is used for football matches. However, when there is a football match played across the full upper level there is seating for over 50,100 people while this weekend’s Davis Cup Final will see 27,000 fans seated in a horseshoe plan."(https://www.daviscup.com/en/news/191178.aspx). That's the reason why the tennis court was not that odd as it is at the Hard Rock Stadium.
 
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