Tennis is a beautiful sport that has continued to gain popularity in several countries throughout the world. Due to an increase in the number of spectators major tennis tournaments are played in stadiums. A tennis stadium is a venue or place either outdoor or indoor where tennis matches, tournaments are played and is surrounded by a tiered structure where spectators can be allowed to sit or stand to view the game. While some of the largest stadiums in the world can be found in the US, China, and UK other countries such as Singapore can boast of large establishments solely dedicated to the sport. Below are the top three largest tennis stadiums in the world together with the maximum number of spectators they can hold on a regular basis
1. Arthur Ashe Stadium
With a capacity of 23,200 spectators, the Arthur Ashe Stadium, a tennis stadium with an outdoor retractable-roof in the Queens borough of New York City, US, is the largest of its kind in the world. The stadium is part of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Arthur Ashe Stadium is not only the world's largest tennis stadium by capacity but also the main stadium for the fourth and fifth final Grand Slam and US Open tennis tournaments. The stadium was officially opened in 1997 replacing the Louis Armstrong Stadium as the main venue for the tournament. Arthur Ashe Stadium is named after the world-renowned professional tennis player Arthur Robert Ashe. A retractable roof was installed in 2016 following years of event delays due to inclement weather conditions.
2. O2 Arena
Also known as the North Greenwich Arena in regards to the 2012 Summer Paralympics and Summer Olympics, the O2 Arena is located in Greenwich Peninsula, London. The multi-purpose indoor stadium is named after 02 a telecommunications provider in the UK. The O2 Arena is the second largest stadium in the world by capacity with 17,500 and the largest building by the measure of floor space in the world. The stadium also snatched the title of the busiest music arena from the Madison Square Garden in New York City in the year 2008. The O2 Arena was designed by the architectural firm Populous and it was constructed between 2003 and 2007 and was officially opened on June 24th, 2007.
3. Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Located near Palm Springs in California, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a tennis stadium found in Indian Wells. With a capacity of 16,100, Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the world's third largest tennis stadium and the second biggest outdoor tennis stadium after Arthur Ashe Stadium. The stadium is home to the BNP Paribas Open an event that features both the women's WTA Tour and the men's ATP World Tour. The stadium also hosts the year round junior and adult United States Tennis Association events together with other individually fixed matches. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden was constructed in March 2000.
Overview Of The Largest Stadiums In The World
The list of the top 20 largest tennis stadiums by capacity is distributed with no particular country entirely dominating the list. However, the United States has the most stadiums with four out of the 20 while China follows in second place with three stadiums out of the 20. The UK, Germany, Australia and France each have two stadiums out of the 20 while Netherlands, Canada, Singapore, Bulgaria and Spain have one stadium each. The capacity of the top 20 largest tennis stadiums in the world ranges between 23,000 and 12,000.