Tennis is a wonderful sport, no doubt about it, and since it enjoys great popularity in numerous countries around the world, it makes sense that its stadiums would be quite large as well in order to accommodate huge crowds of fans. The largest tennis stadiums in the world can be found in the USA, China, Great Britain and France, but The Netherlands, Canada and even Thailand flaunt with giant establishments dedicated solely for this incredible sport. Below you will find a list containing 7 of the world’s largest tennis stadiums by capacity.
7. Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena – Shanghai, China
Widely known as the Qi Zhong stadium, the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena can be found in Shanghai, China, within the massive city’s Minhang District to be precise. The arena was built in 2003 and flaunts a seating capacity of 15,000 for tennis fans. What makes this establishment incredible apart from its massive size is the fact that it features a remarkable steel roof, which resembles a blooming magnolia – Shanghai’s official city flower. As with many other stadiums on our list, this one was created to serve a specific purpose, and that purpose was hosting the ATP World Tour Finals between 2005 and 2008.
6. National Tennis Stadium – Beijing, China
Equally impressive is the National Tennis Stadium, which can be found in the city of Beijing in China. As with the Qi Zhong stadium, the National Tennis Stadium also features a capacity of 15,000. Opened in 2007, the stadium was the subject of an expansion process in 2011, and it is famous for hosting the incredible China Open tournament.
5. Wimbledon Centre Court – London, United Kingdom
The Centre Court in Wimbledon, London is the official home of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and boasts a seating capacity of 15,000. Opened in 1922, this court is one of the oldest on our list and definitely one of the most impressive whether we’re talking about its sheer size or amazing design. In 2009, the court received a much-needed retractable roof that allowed it to host tennis events regardless of weather conditions.
4. Ahoy Rotterdam – Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Ahoy Rotterdam convention center was opened in 1950 but received numerous renovations in 1971, 1980, 1988, 1998 and 2011. Highly versatile, the arena was used for numerous important events throughout the years, including concerts or famous tournaments such as the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. As the fourth largest tennis court by seating capacity, Ahoy Rotterdam boasts 15,818 seats.
3. Indian Wells Tennis Garden – Indian Wells, California
Located in the in the Coachella Valley of Indian Wells, California, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was opened in 2000 but is scheduled to be expanded in 2014. As the home of the Indian Wells Masters tournament, this arena is perfectly capable of hosting 16,100 spectators, all thanks to an ingenious design signed by Rossetti Architects. Massive in size, this arena is currently the 3rd largest of its kind in the world by seating capacity.
2. O2 Arena – London, United Kingdom
This large multi-purpose indoor arena can be found in the middle of The O2 entertainment complex of London, UK. With a seating capacity of 20,000, the O2 Arena is the host of the ATP World Tour Finals between 2009 and 2015. The arena was opened officially in 2007 and was used for many incredible concerts and basketball events that were attended by numerous fans from all over the world.
1. Arthur Ashe Stadium – New York, USA
Finally, the world’s largest tennis stadium by capacity is the Arthur Ashe Stadium, which can be found within the exceptional city of New York, USA. With a capacity of 23,200, this stadium is a part of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and represents the primary stadium for the US Open tournament. The arena was named as a tribute to Arthur Ashe, who won the very first US Open event in 1968.