Tournament Dates: March 21 – April 1, 2018 at Crandon Park Tennis Center.
One of the most under reported reasons Bruce Matheson essentially blocked the expansion of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center is the increased price of tennis tickets. This year’s tournament offers more challenges than ever with demand based prices for the most popular days of the tournament including day sessions Friday March 23rd and Saturday March 24th during the first weekend of the tournament as well as the second Friday Night March 30th (Men’s Semi-finals) and Sunday, April 1st (Men’s Final) .
Inflation over the last ten years has averaged 1.8%. By comparison a ticket in the 400 level in 2008 was around $45 bucks with taxes and fees. That same ticket for the first Friday day session of the Miami Open in 2018 is now: $100.50.
Here is the breakdown for Friday and Saturday Day Sessions during the first weekend:
$79 face value + $13.50 service fee + $3 facility charge + $5 order processing fee = $100.50
UPDATE: $105 face value + 13.50 service fee + $3 facility charge + $5 order processing fee = $126.50
If you can afford this ticket its worth it as the first Friday and Saturday are by far the most action packed of the tournament as compelling matches are scheduled throughout the tennis center on these two days.
By the first Friday all the seeds with a first round bye will begin their scheduled matches as the round of 64 begins. They split the draw in half so if Federer is the #1 Seed he will be in the top half of the draw. And if Nadal is the #2 seed he will have the bottom half of the draw. For example: all the guys on the top half guys might play Friday and bottom half guys would then play Saturday. It’s up to the tournament to make up the schedule. It typically happens about 5pm the day before. You can check out ATP World Tour, WTA Tennis or better yet Miami Open’s website.. Look for the menu item for Draws/ Order of Play.
Big stars, especially ATP matches play mid afternoon or in the evening session. Players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have pull with the tournament director based on their starting time preference. The new guy in charge of these decisions for 2018 will be former ATP Star and current San Diego resident James Blake.
If you don’t want any fuss the best option is to simply buy the tickets over the Miami Open website administered by TicketMaster. Simply log onto your account and use your mobile device to get you ticket scanned at the door. You can use their app or have the ticket emailed to yourself. You can even print it out if you want to bring along in your pocket or purse.
One of the best deals through the tournament website is their “AfterHours” package. It’s lets you buy tickets to multiple sessions throughout the tournament for one flat rate.
Networking is the best way to get free tickets. Ask around with friends and co-workers and be ready to mobilize on short notice.. During the 10 days of the main draw matches the Miami Open tickets are a local currency and are often passed around to clients, tennis instructors, sponsors and box seat holders who can’t go at the last minute and don’t want to the seats to go unused.
One year I bought nose bleed tickets just to get on the grounds and ran into a friend who was leaving early and had 2 extra court side seats he wasn’t using.
Tennis Tours has been doing the ticket buying business since they were called “scalpers”. Now every professional sports league on the planet seems to embrace the demand of the secondary ticket marketplace. TennisTours can get you any seat you want for a price. You can simply buy a ticket on their website or purchase a custom package with your own real world tennis guide typically includes hotel and a multiple tennis sessions. Steve Furgal International Tennis Tours also offers this service
If you watch the secondary markets such as StubHub, SeatGeek, VividSeats, CheapTickets and TicketCity set up and account and watch the demand as prices will increase or decrease as your session start time nears. If you do your homework you can get a feel for how their systems work refreshing every few hours to watch the pricing. I’ve even called and offered bids at the last minute over the phone. If you are savvy you can buy good seats for under face value.
When you park the car or use the shuttle you are going to run into that “guy in the parking lot” who has “got tickets” or “needs tickets”. These guys only take cash and these tickets are not guaranteed and are illegal if purchased within a certain distance from the venue. That being said I know friends who get great deals that enjoy the thrill of low balling. #CaveatEmptor
The Miami Open has been a must see event every Spring since it was called the Lipton over 20 years ago. And if all goes as planned it the last year it will be held at the majestic and tropical Crandon Park Tennis Center. If you have never been this is your last chance to go and here ends the guide for buying Miami Open tickets.
The tennis ball is in your court. Advantage you!
Hint: Are you wondering about next year’s Miami Open and its move to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens? Read my story on the 10 Most Popular Questions people are asking about the proposed venue for the 2019 Miami Open.