For those of you who know me, you know that I’m really into tennis. Over the past five years I’ve played A LOT of tennis and even joined a tennis club while I lived in the Cayman Islands. When I was a member of the club I played in several organized leagues, took weekly lessons, and played several times per week.
I also love going to live tennis matches and watch all the major tennis tournaments each year. I’ve been going to the US Open the past couple of years, but our RV trip this summer is going to conflict with that. Luckily, we are near the next best thing – The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA.
I just purchased my tickets and I’m really excited to be going not only for the tennis, but to take in the entire area.
About Indian Wells and the BNP Paribas Open
If you’re not into tennis, then you’ve probably never heard of Indian Wells, CA. However, you’ve probably heard of Palm Springs, CA – Indian Wells is just a suburb a few miles to the east.
Indian Wells comes alive each March when it plays host the BNP Paribas Open, the fifth largest tennis tournament in the world. Basically, you have the Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open, U.S. Open, and then this tournament – it’s that big.
The Stadium at Indian Wells has a capacity of 16,100 people. To put this in comparison, here is a list of tennis stadiums and their capacity:
Arthur Ashe Stadium – the main court at the U.S. Open has a capacity of 23,200 people.
Centre Court – the main court at Wimbledon, or Centre Court as it’s known, has a capacity of 15,000 people.
Court Philippe Chatrier – the main court at the French Open has a capacity of 14,840 people.
Rod Laver Arena – the main court at the Australian open has a capacity of 14,820 people.
The BNP Paribas Open is a part of the ATP Masters 1000 series of tournaments, which is a series of nine tournaments played in North America, Europe, and Asia. The winner of each tournament gets 1000 ranking points, as opposed to 2000 points for each of the 4 majors.
This year the tournament runs from March 7th – March 20th.
Our trip to Indian Wells, CA
Since Indian Wells is only a couple of hours from San Diego, we’re going to take the RV and tow our Honda CR-V behind it. We’ll be staying at the Emerald Desert RV Resort which is only 5.5 miles from the tennis center. We’ll be checking into the RV resort on March 14th and checking out the day after the tournament ends on March 21st.
The resort is situated on a lake and golf course and has several amenities including pools, dog park, tennis courts, fitness room, and more. Hopefully it’s as nice as the pictures – I’ll report back on that later.
Since we’re going to be in Indian Wells for a week, I want to take advantage of everything the area has to offer. Specifically, I really want to check out Joshua Tree National Park and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. We should have plenty of time to spend a full day at each. This is also a couple days after daylight savings, so we’ll have an extra hour of daylight each day to explore.
BNP Paribas Open Ticket Package
I ended up going with the “Finals Weekend” package which includes 4 sessions of tennis over 3 days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Here is what we’ll be seeing:
Friday Day – Men’s Quarter Finals
Friday Night – Women’s Semi Finals
Saturday – Women’s Doubles Final, Men’s Double’s Final, Men’s Semi Finals
Sunday – Women’s Final, Men’s Final
We splurged and went with the Emirates Stadium Club Suite package, which sounds pretty amazing according the website. “Watch the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament from the comforts of a luxury suite! Enjoy premium suite dining, indoor/outdoor seating and air-conditioning while personal suite attendants cater to your every need.”
I’m pretty excited because a) I’ve never sat in a suite for any sporting event, b) never been to a semi final or final at a major tennis match, c) I love tennis!
BNP Paribas Open Here We Come!