The Miami Open, presented by Itaú is Miami's premier tennis event. Previously known as the Sony Open, this is the place to be this spring... an electrifying two weeks of tennis...
...delightful weather... celebrity galore... first-rate entertainment events and a brand new home at Hard Rock Stadium, a world-class venue equipped with fabulous food and over-the-top facilities.
In fact, Hard Rock Stadium, home of our Miami Dolphins, has gone through a tremendous transformation to the tune of $550 million, to be able to accomodate the tournament in grand style.
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Miami Open Moves To Hard Rock Stadium
Although we will miss being close to the surf and sand in Key Biscayne, the new facilities bring a fresh start with plenty of outstanding amenities for both players and spectators... and did we mention parking? There will be lots and lots of it!
The South parking lot has been permanently re-made into a Tennis Complex offering
- 18 practice courts with over 4,300 seats and 11 tournament courts including
- A Grandstand Stadium with 4,993 seats
- Two extra Courts offering over 4,000 seats
In addition, beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces offer plenty of room to chill in between matches: a Great Lawn, a food court and Olive Grove space, Spanish Steps with a rooftop deck and beer garden...
And of course, there will be plenty of food concessions and tents from fine dining to deli sandwiches, pizza, salads, seafood, even food trucks... so you certainly won't go hungry.
And you can enjoy it all without missing a beat... you will be able to catch all the excitement going on from the gigantic screen at the South Gate, you can't miss it, it's huge!
The main action takes place at the Stadium Court. The existing football layout of the 65,000-seat stadium is refitted during the tournament into a smaller cozier structure to house 13,800 spectators.
About the Miami Open
The Miami Open is one of the largest tournaments outside the four Grand Slam events. There is $13+ million in prize money awarded at the tournament and of course the ATP and WTA ranking points.
During the tournament there is a Day Session and an Evening Session. The Day session starts at 10:00 a.m.
and normally four matches are played in the Stadium Court.
The Evening Session starts at 7:00 pm. and two matches are played.
Number of matches played are of course weather-dependent and subject to change.
Qualifying rounds take place the first couple of days of the tournament. I have to confess I don't know much about the single-elimination
process or the draws for the day, we simply show up and have never been dissapointed with "who we got to see". The first weekend has always been a great time. You can of course check what is going on and who is playing whom at the official site www.miamiopen.com.
The atmosphere at the Miami Open is very relaxed. As you wander around the grounds, you will invariably catch a glimpse of some celebrity, NBA star, singer, model, actor or actress and the players in the practice courts. All in a very chilled setting...
The 2019 Miami Open
When? March 18 - 31, 2019
- Women's Singles Final: Saturday March 30, 2019
- Men's Doubles Final: Saturday March 30, 2019
- Women's Doubles Final: Sunday March 31, 2019
- Men's Singles Final: Sunday March 31, 2019
Seating Charts and Finding Tickets for the Miami Open 2019
Considering the glitz and glam overload this event packs, tickets for the Miami Open are quite reasonable, starting as low as $12 for the early qualifying rounds and increasing as the tournament progresses.
Try these recommended sources for finding tickets for the Miami Open to get best available seats at great prices for Stadium Court and Grandstand as well as Ground Passes. Don't forget to apply any discounts and promotions running at the time of your purchase.
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What Kind of Ticket Should I buy? Stadium Court vs Grandstand vs Ground Pass
Matches take place at the Stadium Court (the main stadium), at the Grandstand (the mini stadium), and at the Competition Courts of which there are ten. The top players play at the Stadium Court and the Grandstand. Who plays where is typically determined the day prior to the match when order of play is posted on the Miami Open Website.
Stadium Court Tickets: There are Day and Night Session tickets available for the Stadium Court matches. This is where Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams and so on are likely to play. Day Sessions start at 10:00-11:00 am and normally there are four matches. The Night Session starts at 7:30 pm or until all Day Session matches are completed, schedule changes due to weather are common, so be flexible. Two matches are played during the Night Session.
The Miami Open website states that Night Session Stadium Court ticket holders can access the parking and stadium at 5:00 pm. But if you want to come in during the day and enjoy the facilities, a nice meal, the entertainment, the matches on the outer courts and the fabulous atmosphere, you can do so. We called the Miami Open customer hotline and they confirmed you can access the tennis campus at any time before the start of your session with your Night Session ticket, that includes the facilities other than the main Stadium which you can only enter for the Night Session matches. As for parking, buy the morning session parking and you are set for the day. If you already bought the night session parking, they said they would also honor it, so it is no problem, come on down!
Grandstand Matches start at 12:00 noon and there can be up to 5 matches played. We saw Venus Williams play here. There are no separate Day or Night sessions. One ticket is good for the day. Grandstand reserved tickets are located on rows 18 and below. Anything higher than that is general admission, which you can access with a Ground Pass (see below).
Matches on the Competition Courts take place throughout the day, any ticket will give you access to these matches, Stadium Court ticket, Grandstand ticket or a Ground Pass. There are 10 competition courts although not all are used at the same time, matches start at 11:00 am. There are typically about 5 - 6 matches at each court.
Tickets for Stadium Court and Grandstand matches are Reserved Seating and also give you access to the entire tennis campus, the competition and practice courts, food and beverage venues, etc.
Ground Passes give you access to the tennis campus including all competition courts and practice courts, the general admission section of the Grandstand (rows 19 and above), all food and beverage venues and of course the gigantic video board. Ground passes can be purchased for as low as $15. You can buy Ground Passes for the Day which give you access at 11:00 am until closing, or if coming later, buy a Night Ground Pass which gives you access at 7:30 pm and is considerable cheaper than the Day Ground Pass.
How to see your favorite top player with a Ground Pass? Check out the Practice Schedules and see when they will be playing and where! There are 18 practice courts, Courts 26 and 27, closer to the West Lawn is where Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Sloane Stephens were practicing when we were there.
As the end of the tournament approaches, sessions are reduced and starting times are later, typically 1:00 pm for the Day Session, Ground Passes will also start at this time so be sure to check the schedule for the day of your visit.
Hard Rock Stadium Seating Chart for the Miami Open - Stadium Court
Hard Rock Stadium Seating Chart for the Miami Open - Grandstand
Hard Rock Stadium: Getting There, Parking
Hard Rock Stadium is located about 20 minutes north of downtown Miami in a suburb called Miami Gardens.
Hard Rock Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive,
Miami Gardens, Florida 33056
If you are driving from South Beach or Miami Beach, it will take you anywhere between 30 - 45 minutes depending on the traffic, even though it is only an 18-mile ride, this is in the midst of Spring Break, traffic will be heavy around South Beach and Miami Beach, and as you approach the Stadium and parking areas.
Parking at Hard Rock Stadium is plentiful and directly next to the tennis complex. For the Miami Open, parking rates in the "interior sections" start at $25 + fees in the Orange Section (buy in advance, otherwise it's $40) NOTE: Parking passes are PER VEHICLE not per person, even if Ticketmaster tries to sell you more than one pass!!!
The Outside Yellow Parking Lots are open but the price is the same as the Orange lots, $40, so you are better off pre-booking the closer Orange Lot parking for $25.
Here's more info on Hard Rock Stadium: Directions, Parking, Uber/Lyft Taxis. Note that the Public Transportation and Express Shuttle Info applies to Miami Dolphin games only, no options have been announced for the Miami Open.
Tips for Attending the Tournament
Comfortable clothing and sun protection are a must. Even though with the new facilities there are plenty of airconditioned areas, the tournament is played outside, be prepared. Even in March, mid-day temperatures in Miami can soar in the high 80's. Bring sunglasses, large hats and sunscreen to protect from the sun.
To avoid the heat, try the evening sessions which are quite pleasant and with a lively atmosphere.
You are allowed to bring one bottle of water, if you buy inside they are $5
There is a phone charging station at the entrance by the Lacoste tent.
So come and watch the world's top-ranked
tennis players close-up and in action... Rafael Nadal...
Where to Stay for the Miami Open?
Hard Rock Stadium is not in a "hot" neighborhood by any means, it is located north of Downtown Miami in Miami Gardens but it is conveniently situated next to several major freeways which makes it easy to get there from just about anywhere in Miami and Broward County.
This is a very busy time of the year in Miami with Spring Break and hundreds of events all happening around this time alongside Miami Music Week, the Winter Music Conference and ULTRA, you should make your bookings as soon as possible. There are many areas to choose from depending on what your plans are.
- If your main consideration is proximity and convenience to the Miami Open, then check out our top pick hotels close to Hard Rock Stadium, but this is March in Miami, the beaches are calling!
- If you are in the mood to party you will want to stay in South Beach or Miami Beach, this will be party central specially in the second week of the tournament from March 25 to 31, 2019 when the Spring Break party crowds will be at the highest
- For a quieter beach stay, hotels in Sunny Isles Beach are very convenient to Hard Rock Stadium which is short of 10 miles away, as well as hotels in Hollywood or Ft. Lauderdale Beach to the north.
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