These venues are some of the most popular ones in the world.
Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. People from all corners of the globe play the game and it enjoys a massive viewership inside the stadiums. Famous tournaments such as the Grand Slams and other ATP/WTA tournaments attract huge crowds.
Tennis enthusiasts come in droves to see their favourite tennis players fight it in singles, doubles and mixed doubles categories. In modern times, amateur and wheelchair tennis also enjoy more viewership than before. Be it the women’s or men’s categories, the stadiums are packed on most occasions. Even when the seats around the court are occupied, people love to watch the tennis action on big screens outside the stadiums.
There are several stadiums around the world that are popular for catering to spectators that want to witness tennis live. Here is a list of stadiums with the highest seating capacity:
National Tennis Stadium – 15,000
National Tennis Stadium in China is the biggest tennis stadium in Asia in terms of capacity. It can hold up to 15 thousand spectators. The stadium has a hard court surface and majorly hosts the China Open. It also hosted tennis matches during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Court Phillipe Chartier – 15,225
French Open is one of the Grand Slams that every tennis player aims to win. The Court Philipe Chartier at Roland Garros hosts major tennis fixtures. About 15,225 people can watch the action at a time on the iconic clay court surface.
Perth Arena – 15,500
Australia has several big stadiums that can hold a huge number of spectators. One of them is the Perth Arena which boasts a capacity of 15,500. It has a hard court surface. It is a multi-purpose stadium that previously hosted the Hopman Cup and the 2020 ATP Cup.
AccorHotels Arena – 15,500
Accor Arena holds about 15,500 spectators. It is the main venue for the Paris Masters ATP Tour tennis tournament. In addition, it also hosts basketball matches, judo matches and live music events. The venue will play a huge part in the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics.
Pala Alpitour – 15,657
The ATP Finals take place at the Pala Alpitour which can hold up to 15,657 seats. It is situated in Turin, Italy. The multi-purpose indoor arena has a hard court surface like most of the big tennis stadiums. Apart from tennis, the venue hosts music events, basketball games and more.
Rotterdam Ahoy – 15,818
Rotterdam Ahoy is situated in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It can hold 15,818 spectators, making it the stadium with the second-highest seating capacity in Europe. The multi-purpose nature of the stadium sees it host indoor athletic events, futsal, ice hockey and more.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden Stadium 1 – 16,102
Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden can hold up to 16,102 spectators. It is situated in a tennis facility in Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, California, United States of America. The stadium is the second-largest outdoor tennis stadium in the world. It hosts the BNP Paribas Open. It was opened in the year 2000 after a cost of $77 million. An expansion in 2014 cost another $11 million.
O2 Arena – 17,500
The O2 Arena is situated in London, United Kingdom. The indoor stadium has a capacity of 17,500, making it the biggest stadium that hosts in Europe. O2 Arena is extremely popular all over the world for also hosting music events, reality shows, and more. Between 2009 and 2020, the ATP World Tour Finals took place here.
Sydney Super Dome – 18,200
Sydney Super Dome holds 18,200 spectators, making it the second-biggest stadium in the world that hosts matches. The capacity can increase to 21,032 with floor seating during concerts and other events.
Arthur Ashe Stadium – 23,771
The iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium can hold up to 23,771 spectators. It is the biggest tennis stadium in the world. The venue hosts the US Open Grand Slam fixtures. Situated in Queens, New York City, it is a part of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The construction of the stadium cost a whopping $430 million. It has a retractable roof also to keep weather disturbances away.
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