Tech billionaire Larry Ellison isn’t just a resident of Rancho Mirage via his ownership of Porcupine Creek, a 249-acre golf club estate. He’s also the man behind the Indian Wells Masters (AKA the BNP Paribas Open), which is played annually in March at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, another of Ellison’s holdings.
That’s why we care deeply about this key sporting event, which this year is being held from March 6-19. Individual tickets, passes, and packages are still available at www.bnpparibasopen.com. The list of hotel packages offered also includes stays at Rancho Mirage’s own Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. After all, our city is but a racquet’s throw—AKA a few minutes’ drive—from Indian Wells and the most famous sports complex in the Palm Springs Valley.
In recent years, Ellison has made vast improvements to the property. Stadium 1—the second-largest in the world—boasts some 16,100 seats, 44 deluxe stadium suites, locker rooms, a press room, broadcast booths, and a 6,000-square-foot commissary. The newly built Stadium 2 offers 8,000 seats, three fine dining restaurants, and a variety of retail options. All this on 54 sumptuously landscaped acres. Tennis may be the main thing, but there is so much more to this beloved event than that. You can truly make a day—or a week—out of it.
Just some of the world-class players (listed by ranking) attending this year are Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka, and Kei Nishikori on the men’s side, and Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep, and Karolina Pliskova on the women’s side, but to name 10.
It’s not too late to plan, and there’s lots to do, day and night for two weeks. So visit the website, check out the tournament schedule, and get your sunglasses and sunscreen on. Trust me, it’ll be love-love all the way.