Indian Wells Prepares Major Renovations
The 2017 BNP Paribas Open, to be held 6-19 March, will showcase major renovations currently underway at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (IWTG), designed to enhance the overall fan experience and substantially upgrade Stadium 1. Ranging from a massive expansion of the Stadium Plaza to renovating all the suites and hospitality spaces to adding 21 new restaurants and concessions, the full scale changes are sure to delight fans who attend over the fortnight to watch the best WTA and ATP World Tour players in the world.
Stadium Plaza, Suites & Hospitality – A fan favourite and gathering place, The Plaza is now a permanent part of the Stadium and the Superwall is substantially larger (33 per cent wider) allowing it to display up to five matches at one time. All of the suites throughout Stadium 1 will be completely renovated.
The existing open air portion of the Concourse level will be covered to allow the suites on the second level to be significantly expanded, and include private restrooms. All of the existing restrooms will be upgraded, and restrooms will be added to the upper bowl, where there were none previously.
Additionally, a new hospitality room, which will be available for events year round and hold up to 200 people, Front Box Club, Satellite Broadcast Studio, fitness center, and club pro shop will also be completed for the 2017 BNP Paribas Open. Other renovations include a brand new media room, two-story office building for tournament management and staff, and additional commissaries to accommodate the new concessions. The Stadium footprint has increased from 200,000 to 300,000 square feet of space to provide an unprecedented fan experience.
Wolfgang Puck & Nobu – Wolfgang Puck’s venerable and highly-rated restaurant Spago will be added to the IWTG. The full-service 100-seat restaurant will overlook the court in Stadium 1, giving fans an unprecedented view of the second-largest tennis stadium in the world combined with a first-class dining experience.
Puck, a James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award winner and arguably one of the most recognizable chefs in the world, launched his award-winning restaurant Spago 35 years ago in Los Angeles. A six-time recipient of the prestigious Wine Spectator Grand Award and two-time Michelin Star recipient, Spago will be the third restaurant at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden overlooking a court, as both Nobu and Chop House offer that amenity in Stadium 2.
In addition, Nobu will also expand to the Player Dining facility giving players quick and easy access to its award-winning cuisine.
New Desert Dining Oasis – Venue partner Levy Restaurants will bring 20 more permanent concessions and restaurants to the Stadium ranging from BS Taqueria from Esquire’s 2015 Chef of the Year Ray Garcia, and Dave’s Doghouse, from Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin; to Cassell’s, a reinvented classic hamburger stand that has been an LA phenomenon since 1948 and Melissa’s Produce, the Los Angeles-based fresh vegetable-focused offering; to local favourites Piero’s PizzaVino, also featured in Stadium 2 serving traditional Neapolitan style pizza, and Sherman’s Deli, a desert institution for the past 50 years.
In addition, a Southern California favourite Wetzel’s Pretzels and Popcornopolis add fun snack food to the mix, Lavazza will bring a selection of specialty coffees, lattes, and cappuccinos, and Golden Road and Shock Top will deliver craft beers, while multiple margarita bars, a juice bar, and an ice cream location will also be added.
The restaurants and concessions will be located in various spots and levels throughout Stadium 1, with eight on the Loge level, which previously did not have any food options. Cassell’s and Piero’s will be “inside and outside,” and offer fans access from the concourse as well as the outside of Stadium 1.