Miami Open Begins New Era at Hard Rock Stadium
By Tucker Verdi
When the sun set on the 2018 Miami Open presented by Itaú, a tour veteran in John Isner had captured a most-elusive first Masters 1000 title, a bona fide star was born in Sloane Stephens as she broke into the top 10 and followed up her first Grand Slam with a Miami Open title, and the tournament was about to embark on a bold new journey of its own.
Today, the Miami Open begins a new era, for itself and for professional tennis. The mandatory top-level tournament begins play at its new home — Hard Rock Stadium. Featuring a permanent tennis campus with a total of 30 courts — highlighted by a 14,000-seat stadium court built within Hard Rock Stadium itself, this two-week event continues to be a preeminent stop on tour for players and fans.
However, as has always been, what sets the Miami Open apart happens off the court as well.
The Miami Open, unique among other top tournaments with its blending of the international sport that is tennis with the international city that is Miami, has long flavored top-tier tennis matches with an immersive cultural experience. From art and music to food and fashion, the Miami Open annually displays an array of cultures and influences that define the South Florida region.
With the move to Hard Rock Stadium, the platform for this cultural, artistic, and culinary exhibition has grown immensely. From world-class restaurants and local fares to trendsetting designers, from live acoustic music in the Grove and a DJ at Kiki on the River to contemporary imaginative muralists, the Miami Open presents an extensive panorama of diverse and creative perspectives on life, culture, and tennis.
With all of these cultural immersions available, the Miami Open has put an even greater emphasis on the fan experience in its new home. With convenient parking directly adjacent to the tennis campus, guests will be just steps away from relaxing on the East Terrace, catching the biggest matches on the largest video board on tour from the South Plaza, or choosing from the many dining and entertainment options in the Grove or on the West Lawn.
With the variety and abundance of culinary and entertainment options available, each new day for a fan has the potential to be a completely different experience from the day before, in addition to exciting tennis day and night during the fortnight.
Hard Rock Stadium is an international sport and entertainment destination, and the ideal platform for the Miami Open to evolve, allowing it to meet the needs of players and fans from all across the globe.
Join us for the 2019 Miami Open presented by Itaú at Hard Rock Stadium, a groundbreaking fusion of sport and culture. Purchase your tickets here.