Yesterday marked the start of a new era for the Miami Open. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at center court to officially unveil the tournaments new home at the recently renovated Hard Rock Stadium.
Tournament director James Blake, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and three of the sport’s most prominent players were in attendance. Fans witnessed Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic participate in the epic moment.
The Miami Open presented by Itau made the historic decision to move the beloved event, now in its 35th edition, from its previous location in Key Biscayne to the Hard Rock Stadium to accommodate more fans and grow the experience. So far, that has proven to be a great decision.
This year the tournament features an elevated luxury experience with an all-inclusive club, luxury seating, massive television screens throughout, famous Miami Restaurant pop-ups, and an Art Open Miami tent produced by Art Miami that features modern and contemporary paintings, prints, sculpture and photography art for sale.
Fans of all ages can enjoy a plethora of activities or just enjoy a relaxing moment in one of many chic and colourful seating areas. The family-friendly event offers both children and adults an experience unlike any other seen in tennis.
“We are guests at the stadium for the first time this year. I thought it was a bold move. This tournament is one of the biggest tournaments in the world from Key Biscayne, and it has been a historical venue for this tournament over so many years. To get it to the football stadium and create something quite different, something that we have not seen before. It was a bold move, and I see it from a positive perspective. It’s a courageous move that can bring a lot of benefits to our sport in general,” said Djokovic, who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
The Miami Open presented by Itau runs from now until March 31. For tickets, schedules and event details visit www.miamiopen.com