World’s Second-Largest Tennis Stadium and Home to BNP Paribas Open Receives Highest Honor; Also Named One of 12 Outstanding Facility Award Winners
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July, 22, 2014 – The USTA today announced that Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., has received the USTA’s highest tennis facility honor, being named the 2014 Featured Facility Award winner.
In addition, Indian Wells Tennis Garden has been recognized as one of 12 winners of the USTA’s 33rd annual Outstanding Facility Awards Program, recognizing excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.
Opened in March of 2000, Indian Wells Tennis Garden is home to the second-largest tennis stadium in the world, with the main stadium seating 16,100 fans and includes 44 stadium suites, broadcast and media facilities and an 8,000 square foot food commissary.
The Tennis Garden completed a massive site renovation in 2014, which included a permanent Stadium 2 with 8,000 seats and three gourmet restaurants. The site also features two 19,000 square-foot shade structures, 29 world-class courts, eight acres of outdoor exposition space, a full service tennis club and 55 acres of outdoor parking.
Each March, the site plays host to the BNP Paribas Open, the most-attended WTA and ATP World Tour event in the world. In 2014, more than 431,000 fans attended the event. The tournament is the only one in the world to feature Hawkeye electronic line-calling technology on every match court, and offers more than $10 million in prize money.
Representatives will be honored during the upcoming US Open at the USTA Awards Breakfast on Sept. 1, during the association’s Semi-annual Meeting. The award recognizes one facility from among all those that meet the criteria for an outstanding facility award. The "featured facility" exemplifies the highest level of excellence in facility design; court construction; court amenities; and other related components such as strong programming and implementation of 10 and Under Tennis.
“The Indian Wells Tennis Garden has embraced many of our initiatives, including youth tennis utilizing 36- and 60-foot courts, introducing thousands of new players to the sport each year,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “It is outstanding tennis facilities like the Indian Wells Tennis Garden that help us grow the game at the grass-roots level, and for that reason and so much more, we are proud to recognize the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for its ongoing impact and contribution to the sport of tennis.”
To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a parks and recreation department, an educational institution, a non-profit corporation, or private or commercially owned and operated facilities that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
Each of the winning facilities was praised for implementing USTA initiatives like youth tennis utilizing 36’ and 60’ courts.
Facilities were judged upon the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.
Nominated facilities were voted upon in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Educational Institutions; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public.
All 2014 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools, and those professionals responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary membership to the USTA will be awarded to each winning facility.
The 2014 USTA Facility Awards Program winners are:
Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)
Claybell Park – Richland, Wash.
Wexford Plantation – Hilton Head, S.C.
Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)
Athens-Clarke Tennis Center – Athens, Ga.
Montgomery TennisPlex – Boyds, Md.
Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Samuell Garden Tennis Center – Dallas
Culver Academies Indoor Tennis Facility – Culver, Ind.
Army Navy Country Club – Arlington, Va. (Green Facility)
Broken Sound Club – Boca Raton, Fla.
Indian Wells Tennis Center – Indian Wells, Calif. (Featured Facility)
LifeTime Tennis Lakeville – Lakeville, Minn.
The Salvation Army – Greenville, S.C.