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Going to Indian Wells (tips, questions, meeting up, whatever)

Fee
01-11-2006, 05:43 PM
Since that thread was started in GM, I thought we should have one here for people to ask questions or share their previous experiences. Also, if anyone wants to meet up at this year's event you can mention that here if you like. I have no plans to go to IW at this time, but I've gone for the last three years and will try to help out however I can. :)

Pepper LaRue
01-22-2006, 05:47 PM
My husband and I will be there. It will be our first time at the tournament but we've been to the area before.

Can you give me an idea about the weather during this time of year?

Fee
01-22-2006, 06:56 PM
Be prepared for it to be very hot, and sometimes windy, during the day (I would recommend a hat, sunglasses, comfortable shoes, water, and a thick layer of sunscreen applied from head to toe before you even get dressed in the morning). Once the sun goes down, it can get really cold at the tennis center because of the swirly winds. If you are driving to the tournament (parking was $7 last year) you can get a hand stamp and go out to your car for a change of clothes. If you are staying at one of the tournament hotels, the shuttle leaves once an hour until every match is over so you can go to your hotel and change if you like (but just about every time I went back to my hotel room I would usually just shrug and say what the heck, I'm not going back).

Be sure to check weather.com or a similar website for a forecast right before you leave home. It did rain one morning back in 2003, but I don't think it has since then.

Pepper LaRue
01-22-2006, 08:03 PM
We're staying at the Esmerelda Resort. Is that considered one of the tournament hotels? I would assume so since I booked via the USTA.

I was hoping it wouldn't be so hot in early March. LOL! I'll be in Vegas the weekend prior for the Tennis Channel Open so I guess I'll get my fill of sun!

michelleg
01-22-2006, 09:08 PM
They have a wicked frozen lemonade at the Esmeralda, best spot in the hotel is next to the pool under an umbrella!

Pepper LaRue
01-23-2006, 12:10 AM
They have a wicked frozen lemonade at the Esmeralda

Yum! I'll remember that!

Fee
01-23-2006, 12:21 AM
The Esmerelda is a tournament hotel, with a shuttle. It's also one of the player hotels so don't be surprised if you see familar faces on the elevator, the restaurants, the bar, etc....

Since 2003, I've seen just about every temperature there, but most of them have been hot, including a couple of days very near 100. The worst day ever was a hot and windy day. It gave me the worst headache, and dry, itchy eyes as well. Ick.

Pepper LaRue
01-23-2006, 04:45 PM
Oh boy...I guess I better start looking for a cute summer hat!

Deboogle!.
01-25-2006, 02:35 PM
I'm hopefully going the first weekend :)

Silawen
01-25-2006, 03:47 PM
Lucky Ladies, going to such a tournament. (Is going to Rotterdam, so shouldn't complain.)

Let us know how it goes and take plenty of pictures. ;)

Deboogle!.
01-25-2006, 03:59 PM
I don't go anywhere without my camera, you know that :p

Lee
01-25-2006, 04:50 PM
For clothings, remember to wear light colour ones. I recommend a white hat. As a desert dweller, my experience tells me a white hat is MUCH better than blue or black. Always have bottle water/gatorade with you. On hot and dry days, you won't even noticed you've sweated to the point of dehydration.

star
01-26-2006, 02:03 PM
For clothings, remember to wear light colour ones. I recommend a white hat. As a desert dweller, my experience tells me a white hat is MUCH better than blue or black. Always have bottle water/gatorade with you. On hot and dry days, you won't even noticed you've sweated to the point of dehydration.

Good advice. I wear a straw hat always, except in the early mornings. Drinking is a must and knowing the signs of dehydration is good too. Symptoms are: irritableness, loss of appetite, headache, swolen fingers, toes. Also if you find you can go for hours on end without urinating -- that's NOT a good thing. :lol: And then of course it gets worse from there. On very hot days, remember that dehydration can be culmulative from one day to the next. Drink a big glass of water before going to bed at night because the body resets at night.

The lines at the water fountains are ..... :rolleyes:

star
01-26-2006, 02:07 PM
Since 2003, I've seen just about every temperature there, but most of them have been hot, including a couple of days very near 100. The worst day ever was a hot and windy day. It gave me the worst headache, and dry, itchy eyes as well. Ick.

I've been going since 2000. We had one year where it was cold cold cold and windy too. If you are going for the whole tournament, it's best to pack warm clothing too. It nearly always gets really chilly at night. I throw some light blankets in the car and bring them out for the cold night matches. Everyone in my section likes to share them on those chilly nights.

Oj-Ala
01-28-2006, 03:48 AM
HELLO !!!

I will be there almost the whole first week ! So.... see you there !? :wavey:

Of course, the camara and the photos are basic !!!

star
01-30-2006, 09:03 PM
HELLO !!!

I will be there almost the whole first week ! So.... see you there !? :wavey:

Of course, the camara and the photos are basic !!!

Great!! Are you coming for the women's qualies too? For me that's the best time because hardly anyone is there, and now with the expanded men's draw, lots of the guys are already on the practice courts. It's a great relaxed time.

BrookeI
02-06-2006, 01:45 AM
I will be going. My first ever tournament. Can't wait!

Oj-Ala
02-06-2006, 04:41 AM
Great!! Are you coming for the women's qualies too? For me that's the best time because hardly anyone is there, and now with the expanded men's draw, lots of the guys are already on the practice courts. It's a great relaxed time.

I will be there from March 8th to March 13th !!!!

twahumboldt
02-14-2006, 10:45 PM
Ill be there prolly from tues till sunday. this week in march is always my favorite time of the year! my mission this year is to get safin and gasquet autographs.

nobama
02-20-2006, 01:31 PM
I was there last year for the finals and will be there this year for SF and F. Last year finals day was really nice not very hot. I didn't go in 2004 although I was in the area at the time. I just remember 2004 being very hot every day - I think some days were over 100F.

nancy
02-24-2006, 12:06 AM
i'm planning to go to indian wells. wondering if those who have been there before can give some information on how to find out when and where players practice every day. like where they post a schedule. also, where do a lot of players hang out where you might see them. and if anyone knows which hotel safin usually stays at. or any other tips on how to see players/find them. thanks a lot.

Deboogle!.
02-24-2006, 01:01 AM
quick ticket question - I know I talked about this with Fee before but I wanted to clarify for my own piece of mind - it's possible to walk up to the tourney like on the first weekend or so and get general admission tickets (I know they're not really called grounds passes but just kinda crappy stadium seats that will let you into the rest)..... this is correct? We just don't wanna trek out there and pay for a hotel and not be able to get tickets.

twahumboldt
02-24-2006, 02:25 AM
deb...you should be able to, last year with agassi playing the night match on the first saturday night, it was crowded, but i dont think it was sold out. im pretty sure you will have no problem. have fun

star
02-24-2006, 12:47 PM
quick ticket question - I know I talked about this with Fee before but I wanted to clarify for my own piece of mind - it's possible to walk up to the tourney like on the first weekend or so and get general admission tickets (I know they're not really called grounds passes but just kinda crappy stadium seats that will let you into the rest)..... this is correct? We just don't wanna trek out there and pay for a hotel and not be able to get tickets.

Why can't you call to the ticket office and buy tickets and have them waiting at the will-call window? Why would you have to "trek out there" without having tickets? :confused:

star
02-24-2006, 12:53 PM
i'm planning to go to indian wells. wondering if those who have been there before can give some information on how to find out when and where players practice every day. like where they post a schedule. also, where do a lot of players hang out where you might see them. and if anyone knows which hotel safin usually stays at. or any other tips on how to see players/find them. thanks a lot.

Almost all the players practice on the gounds and the practice courts are pretty acceptable except that last year they cordoned off the west walk along the practice courts. The practice sessions aren't posted anywhere, and you sort of have to go by when the players have their matches. It's easy to check to see who is practicing though unless you are at a match on one of the eastern courts.

Most of the players stay at the Esmerelda or the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells. Those two hotels are very close to one another just a short drive from the tennis site.

star
02-24-2006, 12:54 PM
I was there last year for the finals and will be there this year for SF and F. Last year finals day was really nice not very hot. I didn't go in 2004 although I was in the area at the time. I just remember 2004 being very hot every day - I think some days were over 100F.

2004 was hot! and 2000 as well. :)

Deboogle!.
02-24-2006, 02:49 PM
deb...you should be able to, last year with agassi playing the night match on the first saturday night, it was crowded, but i dont think it was sold out. im pretty sure you will have no problem. have funThanks :) We don't care much about going at night or seeing the big guys in the stadium, just want to have a nice sort of inexpensive weekend and see IW before it inevitably gets bought.

Christina, we're playing it by ear because we're not even 100% positive we can go. And we're not sure exactly how long we're gonna stay. So it'd be a lot easier to not have to buy them til that day. I'll give the box office a call and see what they have to say.

twahumboldt
02-25-2006, 03:02 AM
where u coming from deb?

Deboogle!.
02-26-2006, 12:35 AM
LA, in the city.

Well we decided we're definitely gonna go, so we ordered the cheap stadium seats for $29 for the first Friday and Saturday. Maybe see some of you there:)

superpinkone37
02-26-2006, 02:26 AM
:)

I'm going for sure on the 11th, and anything other than that, I'll play by ear.
The tournament's coming up fast...I'm excited :D.

Oj-Ala
02-26-2006, 02:43 AM
Excellent that everybody has their tickets now !!!!! :D

See you there !!!! :wavey:

It will be tons of joy ! :)

Deboogle!.
02-26-2006, 06:16 PM
I'm going for sure on the 11th, :woohoo: :woohoo:

nancy
02-28-2006, 03:36 AM
does anyone know what day usually the men's matches start? because indian wells is the combined event and over 2 wks but i don't think men start from the first day, unlike the women. thanks.

Fee
02-28-2006, 03:40 AM
Men's qualies are Wednesday and Thursday. Main draw 1st round is Friday and Saturday, the seeds have first round byes so most of them will start play on Sunday, but a few of them will play on Saturday to satisfy some TV broadcasting requirements.

Just about every male player is in town and hitting the practice courts by Thursday, if not sooner.

Jeff
02-28-2006, 04:54 AM
I'm going the first friday through sunday. Looking forward to using my new zoom cam for pics :dance:

And yes, probably the single most important advice I would give, is to bring warm clothing for nights. Last year I failed to do that, and while the daytime was quite hot, the night was windy and cold and I about froze...lol.

Another advice I would give, is that unless you can afford courtside seats, I'd prefer buying tickets to stadium 2 or 3 because the atmosphere from the side courts are much better or just buy the grand stand seats to get in and enjoy the side matches, because I don't think the lodge tickets are worth it.

Oh, and I forgot to add that hotels are selling out fast, but some good advice for hotels (since they are quite expensive in that area, and also since they are about sold out as I mentioned) is to try priceline.com or hotwire.com. Hotwire.com still has hotels available and for cheap prices in comparison to paying full price or using other sites like expedia or hotels.com or booking directly.

star
02-28-2006, 11:46 PM
I'm going the first friday through sunday. Looking forward to using my new zoom cam for pics :dance:

And yes, probably the single most important advice I would give, is to bring warm clothing for nights. Last year I failed to do that, and while the daytime was quite hot, the night was windy and cold and I about froze...lol.

Another advice I would give, is that unless you can afford courtside seats, I'd prefer buying tickets to stadium 2 or 3 because the atmosphere from the side courts are much better or just buy the grand stand seats to get in and enjoy the side matches, because I don't think the lodge tickets are worth it.

Oh, and I forgot to add that hotels are selling out fast, but some good advice for hotels (since they are quite expensive in that area, and also since they are about sold out as I mentioned) is to try priceline.com or hotwire.com. Hotwire.com still has hotels available and for cheap prices in comparison to paying full price or using other sites like expedia or hotels.com or booking directly.

I'm surprised there are any places within 10 miles of the place still available. :) Usually they go very fast. The first year I went I wound up staying at a very strange place in Cathedral City (which I was glad to get btw because I was getting desperate) and that taught me my lesson to book early. I've even booked a back up place in case I couldn't find something cheaper. Now I've latched onto a little condo that is small but has a good price and is about 5 - 10 minutes from the venue.

star
02-28-2006, 11:48 PM
Men's qualies are Wednesday and Thursday. Main draw 1st round is Friday and Saturday, the seeds have first round byes so most of them will start play on Sunday, but a few of them will play on Saturday to satisfy some TV broadcasting requirements.

Just about every male player is in town and hitting the practice courts by Thursday, if not sooner.

Since they started having the men's qualies start on Wednesday, the men are there practicing during the women's qualies. By the weekend the practice courts are jammed -- it's too full really.

goboilers40
03-02-2006, 01:18 PM
Does anyone know anything about the public bus transportation system out in the Palm Springs/Indian Wells area? I'm going out there for Spring Break, and that's probably what my friends and I are going to rely on to get us around because we're too young to rent a car(really classy, huh?). Just wanting to know if anyone knows how close the bus stop is near the tennis center and how well it operates. Thanks in advance.

nancy
03-04-2006, 04:07 AM
are all the practice courts open to the public/easily acessible for free? or are there some courts they practice on that public cannot get to? just curious, where else would players hang out besides practice courts? want to see as many atp players as i can. thanks for any help.

Fee
03-04-2006, 04:32 AM
The practice courts on site are open to the public. Every once in a while, a player will practice at his hotel, but that seems to be rare.

Jeff
03-04-2006, 10:40 AM
Indian Wells practice courts are completely open and there are a lot of them, which is part of the reason I love going there. The courts are sunk-in courts, and you are even able to sit on the side steps right on the court to watch.

Deboogle!.
03-04-2006, 05:19 PM
As of right now, the weather (for the start of the tourney anyway) is gonna be on the cooler side!

http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/golf/tenday/USCA0511?from=36hr_fcst10DayLink_golf
http://wwwa.accuweather.com/forecast-15day.asp?partner=forecastfox&myadc=0&traveler=0&zipcode=92210&metric=0

Hopefully accuweather is right... they don't forecast rain :lol:

Hrastar
03-05-2006, 10:32 PM
Hi folks! :wavey:

Rethorical question...Will there be a live scorebord for this tournament?

Link me...please :)

Deboogle!.
03-05-2006, 10:54 PM
www.pacificlifeopen.com - it's the ATP regular scoreboard and it's a pretty good one.