Goodbye, Crandon Park. Hello, Hard Rock.
This year’s tournament will be the final farewell to Key Biscayne—which has been the Miami Open’s home for over 32 years—as it prepares for a seismic shift to the city that bears its name.
The new Miami digs are situated around Hard Rock Stadium, where ROSSETTI is designing a tennis complex for the Open. The design for the complex was inspired by the idea of the Miami party–channeling the energy of the city’s infamous nightlife, which will create an immersive spectacle atmosphere for players, guests, and sponsors.
ROSSETTI was also the architect of the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. This Key Biscayne venue uses twelve courts for competitions along with six practice courts. When the Miami Open is out of session, the Tennis Center is open for public use as a county park.
Connectivity will be key to linking the main structure with the new courts. The ROSSETTI team designed a centralized Dolphin Plaza along a spine, which links the tennis campus to the existing stadium. The plaza is flanked by two public squares that will celebrate Miami’s social culture with food trucks, tents, open spaces, and sponsor engagement.
The Plaza will also be lined with lush, shaded palm trees and a fountain as the focal point, giving breathtaking views of the stadium at one end with the new Grandstand situated at the other end. During the Miami Open, a temporary stadium court will be developed within the existing Hard Rock Stadium, utilizing existing premium seating for a new viewing experience.
The expansive tennis campus will include a 5,000-seat Grandstand, two competition courts with full broadcast capability at 1,500 seats and 3,000 seats respectively, and 8 regular tournament courts with total seating for up to 2,900 patrons. Additionally, the site will include 18 practice courts and several viewing galleries.
Stephen Ross, the owner of Hard Rock Stadium, has invested over $500-million into the venue over the past few years. The state-of-the-art amenities and premium suites were a considerable driver to move the event to the renovated stadium.
The lush campus and integrated plaza experience balanced with renovated suites will set a new standard for the Miami Open that will help elevate the fan experience for the tournament to a whole new level.
Tournament Director James Blake, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, WME/IMG co-president Mark Shapiro, and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams were on-site March 19th for the groundbreaking ceremony. After the tournament's organizers nearly had to move the tournament out of Miami due to an inability to update Crandon Park, Stephen Ross's vision of moving it to Hard Rock Stadium has kept the excitement growing.
The new complex will be complete for next year’s Miami Open.