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r2473
12-09-2006, 11:09 PM
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.

henkon2
12-09-2006, 11:16 PM
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... :)

basil333
12-09-2006, 11:24 PM
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.

Deboogle!.
12-10-2006, 12:21 AM
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.

r2473
12-10-2006, 12:50 AM
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).

r2473
12-10-2006, 12:57 AM
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.

jjcox
12-10-2006, 03:56 AM
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?

Deboogle!.
12-10-2006, 04:10 AM
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 :lol: 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 :D http://www.menstennisforums.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=763
http://www.menstennisforums.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=764
http://www.menstennisforums.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=765

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? :)
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.

nizelegz
12-10-2006, 06:25 AM
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.

nizelegz
12-10-2006, 06:32 AM
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

*My choices were FrontRow or Courtside**

The website to get on the mailing list is www.desertconcierge.com

Hope this helps!!

With the box seat tickets you are allowed on any court.

trixtah
12-10-2006, 07:21 AM
I like the corner where the players come out but even 10-20 rows back isn't that terrible of a view.

basil333
12-10-2006, 07:34 AM
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.

basil333
12-10-2006, 07:37 AM
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.

Have a great time... and dont forget to post your reports! :)

avocadoe
12-10-2006, 11:45 AM
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.

r2473
12-11-2006, 09:47 PM
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!!

nizelegz
12-11-2006, 10:40 PM
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!!

Wow, that's expensive to be at the top!!

zicofirol
12-11-2006, 10:50 PM
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!!

I went this year and might go next year, I bought the 3rd best tickets, but it was so cold and there were so many seats empy they let you move to the seats right up front,lol.

But yeah the main stadium matches were a bore anyway, I justed watched safin, part of hingis match like 3 games of sharapova and then went out to the other courts where you are at court level pretty much, Acasuso was llike 3-4 feet in front of me,lol I had the water thing in front of me I could just reach down and grab anything, especially since there was almost no one there lol, those courts are the best for watching games, I watched fish play, murray, miskina and a couple of others, as well as spadea practicing vrs gonzalez and a whole bunch of other players practicing

Deboogle!.
12-11-2006, 11:38 PM
Wow, that's expensive to be at the top!!Not if you consider the caliber of the event and how many top players are playing and how many sessions that includes. The cheapest seats higher up than that are about $30 per session for the day, probably even more at night, so that's not really bad at all.

We only went a couple days last year and of course got the rainy cold weekend. I think my schedule will allow me to go 4-5 days next year and I will just reserve some of the cheapest upper bowl seats that I'll probably never even use ;)

Good job on the Motel 6 too, last year we stayed at a Red Roof for IW about 10 min away, it was fine right on the 10. For Davis Cup, which was out there, we stayed... well maybe it was a Motel 6 :lol: but wherever it was, it was cheap and fine and they gave a little breakfast. It's about seeing the tennis for me not wasting money on a room that i'm only gonna sleep in anyway :lol:

r2473
12-11-2006, 11:46 PM
Not if you consider the caliber of the event and how many top players are playing and how many sessions that includes. The cheapest seats higher up than that are about $30 per session for the day, probably even more at night, so that's not really bad at all.

We only went a couple days last year and of course got the rainy cold weekend. I think my schedule will allow me to go 4-5 days next year and I will just reserve some of the cheapest upper bowl seats that I'll probably never even use ;)

Good job on the Motel 6 too, last year we stayed at a Red Roof for IW about 10 min away, it was fine right on the 10. For Davis Cup, which was out there, we stayed... well maybe it was a Motel 6 :lol: but wherever it was, it was cheap and fine and they gave a little breakfast. It's about seeing the tennis for me not wasting money on a room that i'm only gonna sleep in anyway :lol:

Exactly. IW is the next best thing to the US Open as far as who shows up (pretty much everyone). I had a choice between $600 Loge right up front in row A (and direct at mid-court, right at the net), or the true "nose bleeds" for $400. Even though I won't be in the main stadium all that much (it sounds like), I think it is worth the extra $200.

And the Motel 6 will be fine. For me, it is more about the location of the motel (close to the venue) rather than a nice expensive room (that I will never be in).

Deboogle!.
12-12-2006, 12:00 AM
Exactly. IW is the next best thing to the US Open as far as who shows up (pretty much everyone). I had a choice between $600 Loge right up front in row A (and direct at mid-court, right at the net), or the true "nose bleeds" for $400. Even though I won't be in the main stadium all that much (it sounds like), I think it is worth the extra $200.

And the Motel 6 will be fine. For me, it is more about the location of the motel (close to the venue) rather than a nice expensive room (that I will never be in).If I were going to go the whole entire event, I'd certainly buy a package too. So I think the $600 is worth it, if you figure there are 20 sessions and the worst seats are $30 a session, then $600 for better seats than that is a great deal. it's basically the same as buying the worst seat individually for every session, so it's a great way to go.

And i'm with you 100% on the hotel. I'm sure you'll have a great time :)

nizelegz
12-12-2006, 12:38 AM
Exactly. IW is the next best thing to the US Open as far as who shows up (pretty much everyone). I had a choice between $600 Loge right up front in row A (and direct at mid-court, right at the net), or the true "nose bleeds" for $400. Even though I won't be in the main stadium all that much (it sounds like), I think it is worth the extra $200.

And the Motel 6 will be fine. For me, it is more about the location of the motel (close to the venue) rather than a nice expensive room (that I will never be in).

Sorry, I misunderstood!! I didn't realize you paid $600 for the entire event.

MightyJurgenfan
01-07-2007, 10:57 PM
I plan to fly out for the tournament and don't want to miss the Men's qualifying matches. Thanks for any help you can give me

Fee
01-09-2007, 05:39 AM
Men's qualie matches at Indian Wells start on Wednesday. The main draw first round is played on Friday and Saturday.

MightyJurgenfan
01-09-2007, 10:42 AM
Men's qualie matches at Indian Wells start on Wednesday. The main draw first round is played on Friday and Saturday.

Thank you. I assume you mean they start on March 7th.

Fee
01-12-2007, 06:47 AM
Yes, March 7th. :)

Fabrice Fan
01-21-2007, 09:00 AM
Does anyone know when the Entry List for this tournament will be released?

Arod
03-04-2007, 01:48 PM
Sorry for offtopic, but what is the actually time in Indian Wells?

Fee
03-04-2007, 05:23 PM
Indian Wells is Pacific Standard Time (right now), the same as Los Angeles. On Sunday, March 11th (the middle of the tournament), it will switch to daylights savings time and be one hour ahead. If you are using www.timeanddate.com, look for Palm Springs or Los Angeles as the nearest big cities.

r2473
03-05-2007, 04:27 PM
I willl be at Indian Wells from Sat. March 10 thru the finals on Sunday. It is my first time at a professional tennis tournament (except for the US Open Semis in 2002). I have my hotel. My seat is in the front row of the loge section.

Does anyone have any advice for me on how to get the most out of my experience? Either from any past tournaments you have been to, or even better, if you have been to Indian Wells before.

I play singles 2-3 times a week at a 4.5 level. I plan on spending most of my time on the outside courts.

Any other advice? Thanks.

gusman890
03-05-2007, 04:36 PM
take lots of pictures :)

Deboogle!.
03-05-2007, 04:42 PM
Does anyone have any advice for me on how to get the most out of my experience? Either from any past tournaments you have been to, or even better, if you have been to Indian Wells before.Yes, see below... I plan on spending most of my time on the outside courts.:yeah: That's the best advice I can offer. Last year in 3 days, granted 3 rain-shortened days, we went inside the main stadium all of once. That and hang around the (many) practice courts. Get there early, gates open at 9am. People are always out practicing, that's when I saw some big names who wanted to get out there early. The practice courts turn over every half hour to an hour so there is always someone new to see.

Also, bring clothes with you and leave them in your car. It's supposed to be hot this weekend but when the sun goes down it will get cool, you will want some kind of longer pants and a jacket. You can go back out to your car, so bring some extra water too!

Have fun, it's a great tourney :D

scoobs
03-05-2007, 04:44 PM
Have fun!

I am very jealous - Indian Wells looks like a beautiful facility.

Byrd
03-05-2007, 04:45 PM
If you want some sleep watch some women matches.

nizelegz
03-05-2007, 05:42 PM
From past experience, the best way to see all the players are on the outer courts. I like to get autographs, so it helped me out. I have 92 autograph balls and counting :)

avocadoe
03-06-2007, 01:47 PM
It is all great fun! watch your favs, watch some newcomers, feel the game. You can be vvv close to the players on the outer courts, and most practice courts, too. It's a high start to finish :) My husband and I are going for 5 days, Sunday through Thursday. We splurged and bought a pricey ticket for 3 of the days so we can watch a couple of Roger's matches close up. Otherwise, I'll spend a lot of time out of the stadium, unless theres a special doubles match like Hingis and someone to watch inside. I can't wait to get going. Its a looooong drive from northern california, but I'm just waiting to set out on Saturday at the break of dawn! I wouldn't bring water and leave it in the car. It's a day in the sun for the water. Lots of bubblers to refill a bottle you bring or buy there. The food is not so good, but someone said they'll have a Brazilian booth this year :) anyway, who needs to eat :)

Deboogle!.
03-06-2007, 05:28 PM
I wouldn't bring water and leave it in the car. It's a day in the sun for the water. Lots of bubblers to refill a bottle you bring or buy there. The food is not so good, but someone said they'll have a Brazilian booth this year :) anyway, who needs to eat :)Well, we have a cooler and will get ice from the hotel. It's just a personal preference of course :)

Oooohh, Brazilian food? that would be nice. But yeah, the food is not great and it is expensive. I would recommend eating breakfast before going to the tennis and bringing some filling snacks (nuts, energy bars, etc) so you only have to buy one big meal. But I'm cheap :)

It looks like at least the first weekend will be REALLY hot (90+). Eeek

johnnylad
03-06-2007, 05:45 PM
Don't forget your I hate RR placards!!!!

nizelegz
03-07-2007, 05:33 PM
Wow, I received a bad rep for commenting in here...interesting. So can someone tell me what I said that was so bad?

Margy
03-07-2007, 06:11 PM
Wow, I received a bad rep for commenting in here...interesting. So can someone tell me what I said that was so bad?

Certainly nothing that I can see in this thread.

But you will learn that some people on MTF take offense very easily so don't let it bother you. If you really want to know, just PM whoever gave you the bad rep and ask. But it really isn't worth worrying about. :)

nizelegz
03-07-2007, 06:21 PM
Certainly nothing that I can see in this thread.

But you will learn that some people on MTF take offense very easily so don't let it bother you. If you really want to know, just PM whoever gave you the bad rep and ask. But it really isn't worth worrying about. :)

Thanks, you are right it isn't worth worrying about.

Deboogle!.
03-07-2007, 08:52 PM
Maybe because you posted a link and someone thought you were advertising something?:shrug: But no, don't worry about it.

MaryWalsh
03-08-2007, 07:02 PM
I'm not going (unless I get a sudden impulse at the last moment) but reading this thread is enticing. This is the closest major to me, here in Northern CA. Saw on the news this morning, weather supposed to be beautiful. Desert in spring, also beautiful. I think I will go next year if I can. It would be my first pro tournament.

ruberdcky
03-12-2007, 09:35 AM
Hey all,

Did anyone catch any photos of the Djokovic/Ginepri match, or of Kirilenko's? If so, can you please post it here?

(or, if it's available in some other forum, can you tell me which one? Thanks!)

-ruberdcky

r2473
03-21-2007, 12:18 AM
Had a great time. Thanks for all the advice. I caught the second set of the Fed loss and LOTS of other matches. Great tournament. Very fan friendly.

All of my pictures are on my camcorder, so I won't be posting any.