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.