As I touched on in my tips and thoughts on attending the BNP Paribas Open, the grounds at Indian Wells are stunning. Of course, most tournaments would look beautiful when palm trees line the sidewalks and mountains sit in the background but both the days and nights in the desert are wonderful.
Here are just a samplings of some of the beautiful grounds in Indian Wells:
|These fans blowing mists of water are so handy!|
|View toward the practice courts|
|The big field is as beautiful as I expected, and a great place to see players relaxing|
|The famous field area with practice courts and mountains behind|
The primary big screen area is of course very popular throughout the tournament. There are hundreds of chairs and the screen is split into three so you can check on action from up to three matches here. There are shaded picnic tables toward the back section else you'll be sitting in the sun! The tournament draws are held here and players often do post-match interviews at the Tennis Channel studio here.
Stadium 1 is big, but if you get a seat high up in the upper section you'll enjoy some pretty beautiful scenery!
|Stadium 1 nearly empty before a night session.|
|Fans trying to get a glimpse of Rafa Nadal during a practice session|
|More practice viewing areas|
Eat, drink and be merry: There are plenty of spaces to get shade, eat your lunch or meet friends for a drink. During the first week and opening weekend tables are a hot commodity, but at many other times it's not too hard to find a place to sit. You're allowed to bring in food which is great, but there are plenty of food options as well.
|Strip of food options|
|You'll rarely see the Tommy Bahama area this empty (this was early a.m.)|
|Four TVs are in this seating area so you can pick which match you want to see|
|Some of the dining options on the grounds|
|More food options|
|Another big screen area near the RumChata bar and main shops|