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I am planning on attending the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells in March 2007. Indian Wells is a huge stadium, holding somewhere around 18,000. I believe it is second only to Arthur Ashe in terms of capacity.

I am willing to spend the money for Stadium Box ($1,465) if it is worth it (because the arena is so big). But if I can see pretty well from cheaper seats, I would rather do that.

In addition, which side of the court do I want to sit on? I would assume on the baseline, directly behind the player, so I don't have to keep turning my head during the point.

Thanks for any comments, especially from people who have been to the facility or similar large tennis arenas.
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Re: Best seats to watch Pacific Life Open live?

Well I havent been to a stadium that size but imo the best is to sit as close as possible behind the player/baseline... That is the place where you can actually see how hard they are hitting the ball.. Im not saying it is bad to watch from the side, but the best way of seeing how hard and well they are hitting, is when the ball is coming at you.. Anyways, thats only my opinnion, hope you enjoy your experience...

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I am planning on attending the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells in March 2007. Indian Wells is a huge stadium, holding somewhere around 18,000. I believe it is second only to Arthur Ashe in terms of capacity.

I am willing to spend the money for Stadium Box ($1,465) if it is worth it (because the arena is so big). But if I can see pretty well from cheaper seats, I would rather do that.

In addition, which side of the court do I want to sit on? I would assume on the baseline, directly behind the player, so I don't have to keep turning my head during the point.

Thanks for any comments, especially from people who have been to the facility or similar large tennis arenas.
A few questions...

Are you planning to see decent tennis? or particular players???

The stadium is huge, yes, but then Indian Wells has excellent access for player practice viewing etc and play on at least 8 other courts... Stadium 1, Stadium 2 and Stadium 3 are seating bleacher style courts (excellent views and intimate atmosphere from all seats in 2 and 3) plus play takes place on other courts all with side seating and close atmospheres.

IF you really wanted to spend lots of money to get close as possible to the players on the Stadium 1 Court then you can, but I would recommend just getting a "cheap seat" ticket that seats you on the 3rd layer, this ticket will give you access to all other courts and practice courts (a few seats will be reserved for box seats - but you will have no problems getting a decent seat - the chances are that the matches you really want to see will be on the outside courts anyway. There are approximately 5 matches played per court per day.

There is LOTS of tennis played on an average day in Indian Wells

Having said that, if you want to see an American play, he or she will be automatically playing on the Stadium court. Hope this helps!

Indian Wells is a great tournament.

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Re: Best seats to watch Pacific Life Open live?

I wouldn't bother with that kind of money, I would just get the cheap nosebleed seats and spend time on the practice courts and outside match courts where you can get really up close. But that's just me I'm also not a fan of sitting on the baseline because I like to be able to see the speeds and spin of the balls, I prefer either in the corner or on the sideline kind of between the service line and baseline.

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A few questions...

Are you planning to see decent tennis? or particular players???

The stadium is huge, yes, but then Indian Wells has excellent access for player practice viewing etc and play on at least 8 other courts... Stadium 1, Stadium 2 and Stadium 3 are seating bleacher style courts (excellent views and intimate atmosphere from all seats in 2 and 3) plus play takes place on other courts all with side seating and close atmospheres.

IF you really wanted to spend lots of money to get close as possible to the players on the Stadium 1 Court then you can, but I would recommend just getting a "cheap seat" ticket that seats you on the 3rd layer, this ticket will give you access to all other courts and practice courts (a few seats will be reserved for box seats - but you will have no problems getting a decent seat - the chances are that the matches you really want to see will be on the outside courts anyway. There are approximately 5 matches played per court per day.

There is LOTS of tennis played on an average day in Indian Wells

Having said that, if you want to see an American play, he or she will be automatically playing on the Stadium court. Hope this helps!

Indian Wells is a great tournament.
Thanks. Excellent advice. I am really interested in good tennis over any particular players. I think I will save the money and just get "the bleeds". I suuppose if I am really interested in the Semis or finals, I can probably scalp a ticket, or I could just purchase good seats for championship weekend from the box office. Typically there are loads for sale on Ebay as well.

After watching LOTS of tennis on the outside courts, I am sure I will know which seats I like best (side of court I mean).
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I wouldn't bother with that kind of money, I would just get the cheap nosebleed seats and spend time on the practice courts and outside match courts where you can get really up close. But that's just me I'm also not a fan of sitting on the baseline because I like to be able to see the speeds and spin of the balls, I prefer either in the corner or on the sideline kind of between the service line and baseline.
Thanks. You just saved me something like $1,000. I nearly bought the premium seats. I am sure I will spend my time on the outer courts, making the expensive tickets (somewhat) worthless.
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Re: Best seats to watch Pacific Life Open live?

I was also curious about buying tickets for Indian Wells... if one buys nosebleed tickets for the first couple days of the tournament, do they allow spectators to go down and occupy the premium seats that have not sold or are not currently occupied? Last year on TV, there seemed to be hardly anyone there. At the Las Vegas Tennis Channel tournament, they encouraged everyone to come down and sit as close as possible to the court, regardless of what you paid for a ticket. Anyone have experience with this?
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Thanks. Excellent advice. I am really interested in good tennis over any particular players. I think I will save the money and just get "the bleeds". I suuppose if I am really interested in the Semis or finals, I can probably scalp a ticket, or I could just purchase good seats for championship weekend from the box office. Typically there are loads for sale on Ebay as well.

After watching LOTS of tennis on the outside courts, I am sure I will know which seats I like best (side of court I mean).
I mean, I'm a cheap person, so yea. It's all up to you and what you want Except for Roddick, Agassi, and Hewitt, all of whom must have practiced somewhere off the grounds, I saw pretty much every single player practicing and/or playing - really up close. For $30 a day. Can't beat that. Here are all the pics I took, so you can see how close to a lot of really good players I got for that little money http://www.menstennisforums.com/phot...ry.php?cat=763
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The first time I went to the LA tourney 2 years ago I bought a box seat for over $350, but half the time I was on the 2nd court or the practice court. This past year instead of that I could only go for 2 days so a few of us went and got the cheap seats, and we had just as much fun as I did last year for a fraction of the price. Maybe if you really want to see a top top player close up you could splurge on one session good seats or something like that - compromise with yourself?
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I was also curious about buying tickets for Indian Wells... if one buys nosebleed tickets for the first couple days of the tournament, do they allow spectators to go down and occupy the premium seats that have not sold or are not currently occupied? Last year on TV, there seemed to be hardly anyone there. At the Las Vegas Tennis Channel tournament, they encouraged everyone to come down and sit as close as possible to the court, regardless of what you paid for a ticket. Anyone have experience with this?
They didn't do that, the only time they were going to do it this past year was with the bad weather, when they were trying to get a night session on, they let everyone on the grounds way down, but then the session ended up being canceled. When people asked about this, they said the problem was that you never know if/when the box holders will show up.

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I am planning on attending the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells in March 2007. Indian Wells is a huge stadium, holding somewhere around 18,000. I believe it is second only to Arthur Ashe in terms of capacity.

I am willing to spend the money for Stadium Box ($1,465) if it is worth it (because the arena is so big). But if I can see pretty well from cheaper seats, I would rather do that.

In addition, which side of the court do I want to sit on? I would assume on the baseline, directly behind the player, so I don't have to keep turning my head during the point.

Thanks for any comments, especially from people who have been to the facility or similar large tennis arenas.
I went the first weekend and paid $45 for premium seats "stadium box" through a broker and was 5 rows from the bottom. I will list the information in a seperate post.

However, with saying that...I had awesome seats and spent most of my time on the outer courts watching other matches.

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Re: Best seats to watch Pacific Life Open live?

The 1st weekend prices for Box Seats were...
Friday Day $85
Friday Eve $45
Saturday Day $85
Saturday Eve $45
Sunday Day $90
Sunday Eve $45

The final weekend...
Friday Day $140
Friday Eve $65
Saturday Day Only $165
Sunday Final $120

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Re: Best seats to watch Pacific Life Open live?

I like the corner where the players come out but even 10-20 rows back isn't that terrible of a view.
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I've been to a few night session matches (especially when doubles are shown last) where they have announced to the people at the top to come down and fill the seats below. The Doubles Final when Arnaud and Sebastien won (2003 I think) was one example great example.

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After watching LOTS of tennis on the outside courts, I am sure I will know which seats I like best (side of court I mean).
Opposite the players, level with the net is my favourite spot.

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Re: Best seats to watch Pacific Life Open live?

I agree with all the positives already said about IW. The first week there is definitely no need of expensive tickets to see a LOT of great tennis on the other courts. The second week is another story, and it is nice to have a box seat. I prefer sitting on the corners to either baseline or sideline. I'm only going for 4 days and 4 nights, and since seeing Roger Federer play is high priority this time, I'm going during a period of time I am likely to see him play twice. And he will most likely be in the stadium. For the rest, I'll be running around to catch a variety of people and matches. It is such fun!!! really a great time, practice courts busy when you arrive at 9 a.m. and the courts from ten am going non-stop until 10-11 pm. The first year I was there early in the tournament and could not move from "upper bowl" seats, to "lower". There is a different entrance to the stadium for each, and they do not connect.
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Thanks all. I purchased seats in Row A of the Loge, at the net for $600 for the event. I also found a Motel 6 just a few miles away for $60/night or so (not 5 star accomodations, but should be fine).

I am using this event as an excuse to take a road trip on my motorcycle too!!
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