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Updated Throughout the Miami Open.
If you haven’t heard already Federer is out of this year’s Miami Open with a knee injury and won’t be on a tennis court mostly likely until grass court season in Europe. So far word is Rafael Nadal hasn’t committed as well this year.
But don’t let that stop you from attending. The Miami Open is a must for all tennis fans and for people watching including tennis stars Serena Williams, Men’s #1 Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Daniel Medvedev and top ranked female Ash Barty, Simona Halep and many more.
So after last year’s tournament I did a survey to see what fans thought of the new venue at Hard Rock Stadium. Most fans number one concern? You guessed it. Tickets prices and seating options.
You can listen to the podcast here for some additional insight. Feel free to bookmark and share this page I will be updating up through the end of the 2020 Miami Open which starts March 23rd with Qualifying ends on Sunday, Apr 5th, 2020
Miami Open Fan Survey
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Tournament Dates: March 23 – Apr 5, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium
HOW MUCH HAVE MIAMI OPEN TIX INCREASED?
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 2019 is similarly priced at around $100. But the key difference in 2019 was there is NO 400 level. Nose bleeds will be considered 300 level in 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium and it was tennis fans number one gripe.
The stadium was built for football so 300 level seats felt so far away. The best value seemed to be in the 100 level seats depending on the session you chose.
Here is the breakdown for Friday and Saturday Day Sessions during the first weekend in 2018 vs 2019:
$79 face value + $13.50 service fee + $3 facility charge + $5 order processing fee = $100.50
2019 UPDATE: $105 face value + 13.50 service fee + $3 facility charge + $5 order processing fee = $126.50
For information on 2020 Ticket Prices check out Tennis Lite. Note: extra fee’s are at the included at the end of the processing on all internet sites.
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THE FIRST WEEKEND ROCKS WITH TENNIS ACTION
The first Friday and Saturday of the Miami Open are by far the most action packed of the tournament as compelling matches are scheduled throughout the tennis center on these two days.
Also the parking lots are packed so if you want to buy a parking pass on Ticket Lite I highly suggest it. Otherwise they take Cash and have Sun Pass for a slight discount. Last year it was around $40 so if you like to Uber this is an option as well.
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 Djokovic is the #1 Seed he will be in the top half of the draw. And if Thiem 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. Star players have pull with the tournament director based on their starting time preference. The guy in charge of these decisions for the last two years will be former ATP Star and current San Diego resident James Blake.
HOW TO STRATEGIZE TIX PURCHASES
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.
If you are looking to go all in at the Miami Open this year’s tournament won’t disappoint as they upgrades are plentiful to make your tournament experience great for you and your guest or clients. Check out the Living Room Box Seats in the 72 Club.
NETWORKING = FREE TICKETS
With Federer out. Nadal not committed and Sharapova retired it will be intriguing to see how the demand for this year’s tournament pans out.
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 Ticket Lite 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.
The power of the news. Keep an eye on the tennis page of the Miami Herald for updates before and after the tennis tournament.
The Guy In the Parking Lot
When you park the car 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
Brian hosts the daily tennis podcast entitled: Find Your Aha Moment available everywhere podcasts are listened to.