Court 2 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was a fan favorite, providing an inmate setting to watch some of the world's top tennis stars.
The new 8,000-seat Stadium 2, which is debuting at this year's tournament, provides a new and better fan experience.
For starters, the general admission bleachers are gone. The permanent structure features individual seats throughout the stadium, including large sections of unreversed seating at the top.
Roughly 3,000 lower-bowl seats are available to general admission ticket holders. The views from the upper bowl are not bad either, including sight lines to the mountains hugging the Coachella Valley.
The new stadium also features three permanent restaurants inside, including world-class food from Japanese sushi of Nobu, award-winning steaks from Chop House and Piero's PizzaVino.
"I think when people walk in they are just going to be blown away," tournament director Steve Simon said. "It's an entirely new venue."
If you haven't been to the tennis tournament in years, you should make plans for a return visit. Just checking out Stadium 2 is an experience.
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