The BNP Paribas Open, the most-attended tennis tournament in the world outside of the four major events, to be held March 7-20, 2011 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, will become the first tennis tournament in the history of the game to feature Hawkeye replay technology and video displays on more than three courts when all match courts are outfitted for next year's event, it was announced recently by Steve Simon, tournament director.
While most tournaments feature Hawkeye replay technology and video displays on one, two or three courts, none have made it available on eight match courts. The tournament will also be upgrading their video displays throughout the grounds – the Stadium Plaza video display will showcase feeds from three match courts, the Village Court and the Garden Club displays will feature feeds from two match courts, and information towers will be located at all three entrances and next to the practice courts, making it possible for fans to stay in touch with the action even when they are away from the courts.
"There is a reason the WTA players voted the BNP Paribas Open as their favorite Premier level tournament, and that is because they continue to improve the event every year," said defending champion Jelena Jankovic. "Adding Hawkeye and video boards to all the courts creates a level of equality for all players, regardless of the court they are competing on."
"The BNP Paribas Open is one of the cornerstones of our calendar and has always given a great focus to both the players and the fans. Adding Hawkeye to all the match courts will create an enhanced experience for both. It's tournaments like the BNP Paribas Open that help move our sport forward," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.
"This is a great addition to the BNP Paribas Open, and one that I am sure all players on the ATP World Tour will be excited about," said top-ranked American Andy Roddick. "Hawkeye is one of the best advancements in the game in recent years, so making it available on all courts will create consistency, and is something we hope more tournaments embrace in the future."
"Hawkeye is an important officiating tool and greatly enhances the tennis experience for fans and players," said Adam Helfant, ATP Executive Chairman and President. "We think it's fantastic that the BNP Paribas Open has made this commitment to bring Hawkeye to all eight match courts and look forward to seeing it in March."
In addition, daily tickets for the two-week ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier event will be on sale tomorrow. Daily tickets range in price from $10 for the first Thursday evening session to $85 for loge seats on the final weekend. New ticket products include the City of Indian Wells' Super Sunday City Package, where a final grandstand ticket is only $35, and suite seats have now been added to the very popular daily double package, which provides the same great seat (suite, box or loge) for both day and evening sessions. Also, anyone who prints tickets at home can register to win an "Indian Wells Getaway Weekend."
Fans can also participate in the BNP Paribas Open 30 Day Ticket Giveaway, which begins tomorrow, Wednesday, November 3, and runs through Tuesday, December 3, 2010. By logging onto www.bnpparibasopen.com and registering, fans will have the chance to win a variety of daily tickets each day ranging from classic box seats to luxury suite seats to loge or grandstand seats. Last year more 35,000 people entered to win during this promotion.
"Our goal is to make the BNP Paribas Open the best tournament in the world for players and fans alike," said Simon. "Becoming the first tennis tournament in the world to add Hawkeye and video displays to all eight match courts means the event will be the most accurately officiated tournament in the history of tennis, while also enhancing the court-side entertainment for the thousands of fans that support the event each year. In addition, offering a wide variety of ticket pricing, creative promotional opportunities, and flexible purchasing options, ensures that we are making the event as fan-friendly as possible."
Fans that visit www.bnpparibasopen.com will find an easy to use ticket platform that makes it simple to search for daily tickets, buy and print at home. For more information about tickets, ticket packages, discounts (Coachella Valley residents receive a 30 percent discount on most sessions) and more. Call the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Box Office, (800) 999-1585, or visit www.bnpparibasopen.com.
About the BNP Paribas Open
The BNP Paribas Open is the first major tennis event of the season on U.S. soil. It is the largest combined ATP World Tour and WTA two week event in the world. Last year more than 339,000 people attended the event. Ticket and Hotel packages can be purchased by logging onto www.bnpparibasopen.com, calling the Indian Wells box office, 800-999-1585 or 760-200-8000, or visiting the box office, 78-200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, CA, 92210.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 3 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in 85 countries, with more than 171,000 employees, including 131.000 in Europe. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank's two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.
About BNP Paribas and Tennis
In 2008, BNP Paribas celebrated the 35th anniversary of its association with the tennis world. Since 1973, BNP Paribas has been actively involved in this sport, regularly increasing its support locally and internationally for professionals and amateurs, including families, schools and the community. In 2009, BNP Paribas became the title sponsor of the BNP Paribas Open, the largest combined ATP World Tour and WTA event outside of the Grand Slams located in Indian Wells, California. Over the years, BNP Paribas has become the world's number 1 tennis sponsor. The bank has been the official sponsor of Roland Garros for 35 years, title sponsor of the Davis Cup since 2001, the Fed Cup since 2005, the BNP Paribas Masters since 1986 and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia since 2006. BNP Paribas actively supports numerous other international competitions such as the WTA Bank of the West Classic in California and the Monte Carlo Masters Series.