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BNP Paribas Open: Tennis Tickets and Perks

Free Perks and Parking at BNP Paris Open - Super Fan's Preview

Indian Wells (March 2024)

Should I buy Day or Night Tickets (AM vs PM)?
- Day sessions are best for touring around the grounds
- Night sessions have better marque matches with big names

What to buy? Grounds Pass vs Reserved Seat Tickets
- During Week 1, a grounds pass usually works great.
- From Weekend to 2nd Week, Stadium 1 tickets are recommended!
- Stadium 2 has closer-up views and can offer more intimate matches too.
Highlights for Indian Wells as "the 5th Slam" or "Tennis Paradise"
Crowning Achievement: Best practice courts for fan viewing in the World

Travel Planning FAQ

  • Fly into Palm Springs or drive 2 hours from LAX or SAN (or 1 hour from ONT)
  • Spend at least 2 days there to get a complete tennis fill
  • Consider booking lodging early with tennis court access to play
News: Rafael Nadal practiced on Tuesday night for 2 hours. But on Wednesday, he felt unready for his first-round night match and announced his withdrawal from the tournament!

We have footage of his practice and believe it might have something to do with his left knee preventing him from competing. More news later whether he will go to Miami or skip directly to the clay.

Refund for Thursday Night Match:
Patrons who have purchased individual evening session tickets to Stadium 1 for Thursday, March 7 – directly from the BNP Paribas Open – may contact the box office ( regarding a refund. 

These ATP players below had their first major practice Wednesday morning:
  • Carlos Alcaraz
  • Jannik Sinner
  • Ben Shelton
  • Tommy Paul

Meeting our tennis heroes - Roger's Friends

Roger Federer
Spotted in California for the Oscars, at Oracle Arena (Laver Cup 2025), and on Stanford Campus!
We expect he might stop by during the Finals weekend at the BNP Open. Check his IG for updates.

Federer's personal stringer Ron @ (Priority One) - chatting tennis with Ron (on CBS)

Tournament On-site PreviewEvent Updates on our Facebook page with a surprise appearance from a former #1 player

JC and Jason at TW's Mega Tent

Eisenhower Cup - Charity Event @ Stadium 2, March 5 @ 7:15PM, Mixed doubles for charity

Full Events Calendar for every day of the tournament - Live Music, Center Courtyard Guests, Viewing party and great food options!

Food Favs
Love the Salamai Ruben Pastrami @ Sherman's Deli! It's hidden inside Stadium 1 (200 level).

Puesto's Passion Fruit Shrimp Ceviche was also healthy and tasty outside of Stadium 2. Try the new Dragon Lili Cafe for boba teas in the food village for a tasty beverage.

TW's Playtest Demo was moved to Court 15! Available to try new rackets from 3/5+

Box Office VS Online - Smart Tickets

Tickets are available for sale at the box office, but you will need to download the AXS ticket app.

Do not use the box office if you can help it. It takes 5-10 minutes for us to buy a ticket and then wait for the app to send it to the phone. I would buy in advance online instead.

Fans may wait for the player draws to come out first to determine which of the 3 stadium tickets (or grounds passes) to buy.

Invest in the all-access Stadium 1 Ticket if there's a match you need to see (it will be $25+ more). Otherwise, just get a grounds pass and roam around. There's much more to see outside than inside.

Best to plan out your day with printable draws for planning to see your favorite player (like Carlos Alcaraz) at either the day or night session. Digital tickets are a lot safer and easier to use. Losing a paper ticket happens much more often than you think.

Visit the World's 2nd Largest Tennis Stadium (World #1 is Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open)

Hope you can make it to this "5th Slam" event and visit Palm Springs. It is definitely worth the experience for any tennis fans in the USA for a short vacation in California. Welcome back!!

Indian Wells 2020 BNP Open: Tennis Tickets and Tips

A few tennis stars out on the lawn

Indian Wells Tennis Garden (BNP Paribas Open) 2020

Pair of Ticket Giveaways in 2019 - Serena at night
Buyer's Tip:

Update 2/20: Roger Federer is OUT of Indian Wells and Miami - he will miss tournaments up to and including French Open!
  • Since Roger is out, people who purchased their tickets too early will be looking to sell it on places like StubHub for cheap.
  • March 14-15, the Middle Weekend will be the most popular and offers a lot of big matches
  • Stadium attendees should seek South-West Seats (Sections 115-135) for afternoon sun relief!
  • Best Value? During week 1 (March 11-17), it is a Grounds Pass ticket - use it to roam all outer courts (from Day to Evening), excluding the stadiums.
  • Military, Student, & Seniors (55+) can receive a 30% discount. Valid on single session Stadium 1 Prime Loge tickets (Upper Rows) only from March 11th – 19th, based on availability.

Sign Up for Annual Ticket Giveaway to Fans

We are giving away tickets to at least two lucky fans of on site!
We can offer our loyal supporters great tennis seats, even when the box office is sold out - from CA to NYC, from Indian Wells to US Open.

Tennis Fans watching Nadal practice from the Practice Court Stands
 BNP Open Tennis Ticket for Sale

How to Maximize your Tennis-Time at Indian Wells?
So many players, so little time! If you come during the first week, you can see a lot of players just from the side practice courts. It is the complete buffet of the world's top men and women players.

Tip: Study the practice schedule for the day, plan accordingly. Arrive at least one hour early to get a seat and see the Big 3.

Team Oracle
Often players in the stadium will practice on the side courts just a few hours before their match.

2019 Indian Wells Tennis Garden Photos

For the best experience, roam the perimeter in a large clockwise circle. Enjoy some of the booths, play a game of ping pong, demo some rackets at TW, then grab a seat when you get tired and stay for a while. You won't know who you may run into.

Oracle Challenger Series - World Top 500 Players
This (pre) tournament is completely free to the public and usually features players ranked in the Top 200 of the world in competition for a wild card into the BNP main tournament.

The Oracle Challenger at IW was my chance to finally meet the Asian-American legend, Michael Chang.

Just prior to the opening weekend of the BNP Paribas Open, Michael Chang was present to hand out the Finals Trophies for the Oracle Challenger Finalists!

Palm Springs Adventures

Wondering what to do before or after the tennis matches?
Palm Springs is well known for its resort golf, hiking, and gourmet food experiences. Enjoy some of the best sushi and fine dining around at the stadium's Nobu. Plenty of food choices for any tastes with many 5-star places around.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
1-2 hours. Great for seniors and nature lovers.
Snow at the peak makes this the perfect time to go see a birds-eye view of greater Palm Springs.  Be sure to dress appropriately as the temperature can be more than 30 degrees colder at the top!

Joshua Tree National Park
2-6 hours. Hiking, camping, mountain climbing, and wildlife exploration.
I took on a nice long solo trek on Ash Wednesday years ago. Ranger station is excellent. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen!

The Living Desert Zoo
2-4 hours. Great for kids and young families.
For the animal-lovers and those up for a bit of walking, the Desert Zoo offers a look at the different habitats around the world. The butterfly garden and animal petting zoo are highlights.

Best Scenic Drive: Pines to Palms Highway
For drivers from LA or San Diego along Hwy 74, try to stop and enjoy a couple scenic vistas* just before town. The famous Coachella Valley Vista Point is the final pit stop before going down a long winding "snake" road (keep your car in a lower gear) that descends all the way into town - flanked with giant Palm trees on both sides. Paradise.

Bonus: Native "Bird Songs" of Palm Springs
*See a beautiful panoramic view from above of the surrounding valleys at the Cahuilla Tewanet Vista Point just a mile up the road from the other vista point. Walk to the wide platform and find the display with two buttons to listen to the "Bird Songs". Played on an outdoor speaker in the whirling wind for a great history experience as you admire the surrounding valley view - home to the Native Cahuilla Indians.
We hope you enjoy Indian Wells and all it has to offer!

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