Shaded Seats at Miami Open (Tennis)

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The Miami Open is a prestigious professional tennis tournament held annually in Miami Gardens, Florida. The main court is specially assembled for tennis inside the Hard Rock Stadium. South Florida is known for year-round heat and humidity and it gets quite toasty even in March! Tennis enthusiasts should use this guide along with the stadium seating chart to locate the best shaded seats at Miami Open.

Where are the seats in the shade and sun at Hard Rock Stadium during the Miami Open?

As a general rule, the seats in the shade at the Miami Open:

  • On the south sideline of the court (permanent stadium seats)

And the seats in the sun at Hard Rock Stadium are located:

  • On the north sideline of the court (temporary tennis seats)
  • Behind the baselines (early in the day)

Matches at the Miami Open begin daily at 11:00 AM, and the sun doesn’t set in South Florida until approximately 7:00 PM at this time of year. By late afternoon and for evening sessions all seats will be shaded but tennis fans attending day sessions early in the day will experience some Florida sun.

Hard Rock Stadium undergoes significant modifications to host the main court for the Miami Open. A temporary hard court is built on the south side of the football field. Furthermore, the stadium’s seating is reconfigured to include temporary stands erected in the center of the field. This transformation creates a smaller “stadium in a stadium” for tennis. There are also outer courts and a Grandstand outside the actual stadium.

Hard Rock Stadium Tennis Orientation to the Sun

Hard Rock Stadium is oriented in a northwest to southeast direction. By noon the sun is high in the sky near the southeast end of the stadium. Over the course of the afternoon the sun dips behind the south side of the stadium and eventually sets closer to the northwest corner.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on March 20th.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official Box Office for the Miami Open and also serves as the official verified resale site. It is usually the best place to start your search for available seats.. Additional ticket inventory may be available on resale websites like SeatGeek and Stubhub so we advise checking all for maximum access to tickets.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Early Afternoon Miami Open Matches

It’s important to note that in its standard configuration, Hard Rock Stadium’s south side (home side) is shaded, while the north side (away team side) is sunnier. During the Miami Open, the main tennis court is set up on the south side of the field, using the permanent stadium seats on this side, while the north side’s permanent seats are not used.

Permanent seats on the south sideline, including sections 144-148, the club seats in between, and sections 241-251 and 341-351, will be shaded for nearly the entire day thanks to the roof. One legitimate complaint that tennis have fans is that Hard Rock Stadium is not a dedicated tennis venue and seats on this side of the court, especially in the 300-level are quite far from the action.

Seats behind the baselines will start the day in the sun but will become shaded over the afternoon, with shade moving from south to north. This means section A will be shaded first, followed by sections B, C, and so on.

The north sideline seats, including lettered sections E-M and numbered sections 105-112, will remain sunny for the longest. These sections, built in the middle of the football field, will be in the sun until mid-afternoon, when the sun begins to dip behind the stadium.

Afternoon shadows on the stands at the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium

By mid-afternoon, seats on the south side of the stadium (right) are in the shade, while temporary stands on the football field (left) are still in the sun.
Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Late Afternoon and Evening Miami Open Matches

For shade seekers, the good news is that most seats will be shaded by late afternoon, as the main tennis court is set up on the south side of the stadium and the days in March are still relatively short. For those preferring sun, sections 105-112 will remain the sunniest the longest.

What About the Grandstand and Outer Courts?

All courts outside of Hard Rock Stadium, including the Grandstand and outer courts, are almost entirely exposed to the sun. The best bet in the Grandstand is sections 6-10 on the baseline or 11-15 on the sideline. While these sections won’t necessarily be in the shade, they at least position the sun behind you rather than in your face and eyes. Remember to bring sunglasses and sunscreen for matches on the outer courts!

Tennis Grandstand at the Miami Open

Unlike the main court inside Hard Rock Stadium, every seat at Grandstand Stadium is completely exposed to the sun.
Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

Ready to get your Miami Open tickets?

Use the individual session links or click or tap here to see the upcoming sessions at this year’s Miami Open.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official Box Office for the Miami Open and also serves as the official verified resale site. It is usually the best place to start your search for available seats.. Additional ticket inventory may be available on resale websites like SeatGeek and Stubhub so we advise checking all for maximum access to tickets.