BNP Paribas Open Emirates Stadium Club

Today was the first day of our “Finals Weekend” package for the BNP Paribas Open. The package is 4 sessions which include some men’s quarterfinals, all semifinals, and both finals matches. We splurged and went with the Emirates Stadium Club package, which turned out to be an excellent choice. The suite surpassed my expectations and I’m not sure how I’m going to see tennis any other way in the future.

Finals Weekend Package

Friday Day – 2 Men’s Quarter Finals, 1 Woman’s Semifinal

Friday Night – 1 Men’s Doubles Semifinal, 1 Woman’s Semifinal

Saturday – Both Men’s Semifinals, Woman’s Doubles Final, Men’s Doubles Final

Sunday – Men’s Final, Woman’s Final

Emirates Stadium Club Seats

Since there was little information on the BNP Paribas Open site about these suites, I was really excited to see what the suite and our seats were going to look like. Each ticket has an assigned seat outside that is on the mid-level of the stadium. The view from the seats is just about perfect. You’re not so close that you have to move your head each time the ball is struck, but you’re still close enough to the action that you can hear the ball “pop”.

View From Seats

View From Seats

The inside of the suite is shared with 4 sections, which totals about 84 people. The suite is plenty big enough to accommodate this many people. There can be a rush on the restroom at times, but that is the only “choke point”. The suite includes lots of seating along the windows, so you can eat while you’re watching the matches. There are also sofas and comfy chairs inside the suite which are perfect to relax between matches.

Inside Suite 1

Inside Suite 1

Inside Suite 2

Inside Suite 2

The food was the highlight of the suite. I do my best to eat healthy and I was shocked to see an awesome spread of healthy food to go along with the less healthy stuff. There was a great selection of salads, fruit, veggies, and more. In addition to the healthy food, there was a cheese plate, soups, fish, fajitas, sandwiches, etc. There was also an amazing assortment of desserts.

Food In Suite 1

Food In Suite 1

Food In Suite 2

Food In Suite 2

Food In Suite 3

Food In Suite 3

Food In Suite 4

Food In Suite 4

Food In Suite 5

Food In Suite 5

4 Comments

  1. Hi Michael

    Really useful info & pics thanks, there is so little available on the web. We are thinking of combining a Vegas trip next year with a few days at Indian Wells for the tennis. I have a few questions which you might be able to answer (if you get chance while on your road trip – have fun!) –

    1. Were you able to work out the difference between the Emirates Stadium Club and the Club Suite tickets (which are a few hundred dollars less)?
    2. Are bar drinks (alcoholic) complimentary or is there an additional charge?
    3. Did you use the Emirates Garden Club facility? Do you know whether food and beverages are complimentary in that facility?

    Any other info you can provide would be appreciated. With flights from the UK, hotels, tennis tickets and all the other costs, this holiday will cost a small fortune. Any additional info I can get to justify spending $3000 or so just for the tennis tickets is helpful.

    Thanks in advance.

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    • Nev,

      First, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. I agree there is very little out there on this subject. That is exactly why I made this post. When I was looking to purchase these seats, I couldn’t find a darn thing on the web about them and the people at the box office were less than helpful. Let me see if I can answer your questions.

      1. From what I can tell the only differences between the Club and Emirates seats were: a) The Emirates seats included a full buffet – all you can eat spread. The food really was amazing and made the experience that much nicer. b) There is a concierge in the lounge to help you at all times. Personally, I never talked to them once (except to check in). c) They give you Emirates seat cushions. // I was planning on walking into a Club Suite to actually see the difference, but never got the chance. From what I understand they have for sale food and beverage there.

      2. The bar drinks are most definitely not included. Personally, I don’t really enjoy drinking at sporting events, but if I did that would have added up quickly.

      3. We did have access to the Emirates Garden Club facility, but I didn’t find that out until the last day. We never went into it. The suites are so nice that we never wanted to leave anyway.

      The holiday was a lot more reasonable for us since we just took our RV up from San Diego. Our total cost for an entire week in Indian Wells (apart from the tennis tickets) was sub $600. That’s including food and lodging. I’m also used to spending several hundred bucks for each ticket at the US Open, so these seemed more reasonable. I really liked Indian Wells and I’d rather pay $1,600 to see 3 days of finals tennis there in a suite than an equal amount to see less tennis, in worse seats, in bigger crowds, in earlier rounds at the US Open.

      I hope all this helps!

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  2. Michael

    Thanks for the prompt response. Very helpful. I did have one more thought. Did the suite include a cloakroom facility? Given the difference between daytime and evening temperatures it would be useful to have somewhere to store a few clothes to change into for the evening. Thanks again.

    Nev

    Reply
    • Nev – There wasn’t a coatroom facility that I could see, but that is something the concierge might have been able to take care of. If you are planing on staying for the entire day you will need a change of clothes. It’s MUCH colder at night. We brought a lot of stuff with us to the suite and never worried about it. Expensive cameras, binoculars, cloths, etc. We never once worried about someone messing with any of it.

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