Leading US tennis tournament set to move to Miami Dolphins stadium

Hard Rock Stadium, home of NFL American football team the Miami Dolphins, is set to become the new home of the Miami Open from 2019.

According to the Miami Herald newspaper, organisers of the event have signed the necessary paperwork with the office of Christian Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County.

The relocation still requires the approval of Miami-Dade commissioners but next year’s Miami Open appears set to be the last in Key Biscayne.

Key Biscayne’s Tennis Center at Crandon Park facility has staged the Miami Open since 1987 but restrictions over expansion of the venue have forced organisers to search for a new site.

According to the Herald, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross intends on building a new $53m (€44.8m) facility on the site of Hard Rock Stadium to allow the venue to stage the Miami Open. The new facility would host tournament events, with marquee matches to be held inside the stadium itself, which has a capacity of 65,000.

The Miami Open is regarded as one of the leading tennis events outside of the four grand slams. It holds Masters 1000 status on the men’s ATP World Tour and Premier Mandatory designation on the women’s WTA Tour.