Photo Renderings: Sony Open Plans for a $50 Million Three-Year Renovation

Sony Open Schematic View of the Tennis Center at Crandon Park (Click to enlarge)

March 30, 2013 — Sony Open organizers unveiled plans Wednesday for a $50 million project to improve the tournament site at Crandon Park, with work expected to take three phases and be completed by the start of the 2017 tournament. The tournament’s vision includes an improved stadium court, three additional permanent show courts, increased landscaped green space, and the addition of new park facilities that will be open to the public when the Sony Open is not in session.

The Sony Open’s owner, IMG, is prepared to begin construction on April 1, 2014, immediately following next year’s tournament and the project is to be completed in three phases taking ten months each.

Miami-Dade county voters agreed last November to allow the $50 million makeover which will be financed solely by IMG and private Sony Open funds that include tournament revenues, such as ticket surcharges and parking fees. However, tournament organizers still need full approval from the county in order to begin renovations on the county-owned park.

Adam Barrett, senior vice president of IMG and the Sony Open tournament director, stated that the initial phase will focus on renovating Grandstand Stadium which is located in the northwest corner of the site. Barrett also confirmed that the Sony Open will very much stay a hard court tournament despite recent opinions that the tournament should consider becoming a clay court tournament to better compete with the BNP Paribas Open which directly precedes it.

Sony Open Existing Tennis Center in Non-Tournament Period (Click to enlarge)

Sony Open Tennis Center at Crandon Park Renovation Plan (Click to enlarge)

The announcement comes as the Sony Open grows in stature, drawing visitors from across the globe, and generating an economic impact totaling $386 million each year for the city, or the equivalent of a “Super Bowl in your backyard every year,” stated Barrett.

Planned upgrades to improve the patron and player experience include three new permanent show courts with fixed seating, locker rooms and training facilities for players, and improved broadcast facilities for global media partners.

New green spaces will be landscaped with plants and trees native to Key Biscayne, including a central water feature. An outdoor viewing mound featuring a video screen will enable tournament attendees to view matches in a park-like setting.

Sony Open Tennis Center at Crandon Park Plaza (Click to enlarge)

Sony Open Tennis Center at Crandon Park Food Court Plaza (Click to enlarge)

“What began as a regional event has grown to become one of the premier stops on the professional tour, and we believe the Sony Open deserves first-rate facilities,” Barrett stated. “Our investments in the Crandon Park Tennis Center will ensure international tennis remains in Miami for the long-term.”

(Parts taken from official press release; BEA Architects renderings provided by Schwartz Media Strategies)