Aided by Classic Tents, BNP Paribas Open Courts Record-Size Crowds

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More than 380,000 spectators witnessed tennis at its finest at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA, on March 4-17, 2013. Since the tournament’s move to Indian Wells Tennis Garden in 2000, Classic Tents has provided the tenting and logistics to help make the tournament a forehand smash

“Classic Tents have been a strategic supplier for the BNP Paribas Open for years,” said Tournament Director Steve Simon. “With the growth of our tournament over the years, they have continually shown they can meet our needs..."

Classic Tents, the tenting division of Classic Party Rentals, the nation’s leading full service event rental company, once again provided the tenting and logistics for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined event, which was held March 4-17, 2013 and saw record attendance of more than 380,000.

For more than a decade Classic Tents have worked with the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the tournament to aid in making the event a hit with fans. Preparing the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the two-week event is a year-round pursuit for Classic Tents. Not only does the venue boast the second largest tennis stadium in the world, but nearly every part of the grounds contains some rental equipment from Classic Party Rentals.

Classic provided 12-man crews, who worked 11-hour days for 25 straight days, to make sure every last detail was in place prior to opening day. The massive undertaking featured 90,000 square feet of tenting, 58,000 square feet of carpeting (Astroturf), 750 linear feet of glass wall and 67 double wide glass doors.

“It is always a pleasure to work with the BNP Paribas Open and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden said Jim Gilroy, Senior Account Manager of Classic Tents. We pride ourselves on details – from putting the order into the system and being certain every item is correct, to the cleaning and loading of each item to insure there are no delays on site, it’s all vital to an on-time completion, which is needed to ensure the event is a success.”

“Classic Tents have been a strategic supplier for the BNP Paribas Open for years,” said Tournament Director Steve Simon. “With the growth of our tournament over the years, they have continually shown they can meet our needs to ensure the Indian Wells Tennis Garden looks terrific for fans, sponsors and players. “

Preparing Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the two-week event is a year-round pursuit for Classic Tents, says according to Gilroy. Indian Wells features the second largest tennis stadium in the world, and nearly every part of the grounds contains rental equipment from Classic. For the seventh year in a row, the tournament has broken its attendance records. This year’s event welcomed 382,277 spectators.

“The sequence of the installation is critical to insure the client and all other vendors can complete their schedules on time,” says Gilroy. “From putting the order into the computer system and verifying every item is correct, to the cleaning and loading of each item, it’s all vital for an on-time completion.”

Now under the guidance of Oracle Corporation co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison, who bought a 50- percent share of the tournament in 2009, the Open has seen its attendance rise dramatically ever year. This year’s crowds, who gathered at Indian Well’s Garden’s 22 courts, were treated to the biggest names in tennis. Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova captured the singles title, while Bob and Mike Bryan and Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won in doubles.

“It is always a pleasure to associate Classic to what many people consider to be the finest tennis venue in the world,” says Gilroy. “Through the years, I’ve watch how Classic and the open have grown together, and I’m excited for the years to come.”

About Classic Tents

Classic Tents is the tenting division of Classic Party Rentals, the nation’s leading full service event rental company. Classic services most major markets including Palm Desert, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, New York, and Pompano Beach. Its high-profile event roster includes more than 180,000 major sporting events, brand promotion tours, Hollywood awards shows, movie premieres, celebrity weddings, charity events and private social events annually. Locally, each Classic Party Rentals location is recognized as an integral part of successful holiday celebrations at home and at work, backyard weddings and birthday parties, school and church functions, local food and wine festivals, and many community service benefits. Classic Party Rentals is also a leading nationwide provider of tents, clear span structures, power, heating, air conditioning and sub-flooring. Ultimately, there is no need to lose sleep over the details, if you can dream it; Classic Party Rentals can deliver it. We do business under a number of different names, and customers are never disappointed by our Blue Diamond service or the strength of our partners will bring to events. For more information, please visit ClassicPartyRentals.com. “Choose Wisely Choose Classic. Feel Secure…No Event too Big or too Small; we do them all.”

About the BNP Paribas Open

The BNP Paribas Open, held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, is the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, offers more than $12,000,000 in prize money, and is the only event to provide the Hawkeye line challenge system on all match courts. In 2013, more than 380,000 people attended the event. Visit bnpparibasopen.com to purchase tickets and review highlights from 2013.

About the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden opened in March 2000 and features the second largest tennis stadium in the world, which seats 16,100 fans and includes 44 stadium suites, broadcast and media facilities and an 8,000 square feet food commissary. The Tennis Garden also features a 19,140 square feet permanent shade structure, 23 world-class courts, eight acres of outdoor exposition space, a full service tennis club and 55 acres of outdoor parking. The venue provides an unmatched opportunity to conduct concerts, trade shows and more in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden annually holds the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament; has hosted musical artists such as Andrea Bocelli, The Eagles, Tom Petty and The Who; three NBA pre-season games with the Phoenix Suns as the home team; and other events such as the annual Indian Wells Arts Festival.

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