IMG to relocate Miami Open to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019
By Shantanu Srivastav | December 20, 2017
IMG has today announced that the Miami Open presented by Itau will be relocating to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019.
The partnership between IMG and Hard Rock Stadium will bring an unparalleled fan experience, improved player amenities, ample parking, as well as an extended fan base to the Miami Open, a cornerstone of IMG’s events portfolio.
Construction on the new tennis facilities will begin in 2018. The Miami Open’s last event at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, where it has enjoyed a successful 32-year run, will take place in March 2018.
The new Miami Open venue will have 30 show and practice courts; a tennis oasis with a video screen, a sponsorship village with expanded and upgraded entertainment spaces; permanent retail facilities; improved Wi-Fi, media facilities, locker rooms and fitness space for players and tennis staff. The tournament’s sponsors will enjoy state-of-the-art hospitality options and improved activation areas.
WME and IMG co-president Mark Shapiro said: “The Miami Open belongs in Miami.We’re grateful to have amazing partners in Stephen, the Miami Dolphins organization, Mayor Gimenez and above all the people of Miami who have been supporting the Miami Open for decades.
“While we’re looking forward to creating the new Miami Open experience at Hard Rock Stadium, our priority is to make the last edition of the Key Biscayne event the best it’s ever been.”
— Miami Open (@MiamiOpen) December 20, 2017
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said: “We are extremely excited that the Miami Open, a global entertainment event, will remain in our community.We are committed to bringing a best-in-class experience alongside IMG to all of the players, fans and partners that will take part in this global affair.
“The opportunity to showcase the best tennis in the world in Hard Rock Stadium, a venue that brings together the best of culture, art and entertainment, will be an amazing experience for everyone involved.”
23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, added: “The Miami Open has been a part of Miami’s culture for as long as I can remember and it’s a tournament that is very special to me and my family.
“I’ve enjoyed some of my best career moments in Miami thanks to the amazing tournament team and the supportive Miami fans. I am thrilled the Miami Open is staying in Miami, where it belongs.”