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2019 Pre-tournament INDIAN WELLS
The Indian Wells Masters, also known by its currently sponsored name BNP Paribas Open, has been held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden since 2009. Previously, it was home to the Pacific Life Open and the Indian Wells Masters tennis events. The tournament is held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the second week of March. The tournament is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the ATP World Tour and a Premier Mandatory on the WTA Tour. The tournament also helps local charities with donations, and the tennis stars themselves sometimes help out. Indian Wells lies in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area), about 125 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The tournament is played in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (built in 2000) which has 29 tennis courts, including the 16,100-seat main stadium, which is the second largest tennis-specific stadium in the world. After the 2013 BNP Paribas Open the Indian Wells Tennis Garden started an expansion and upgrade of its facilities that includes a new 8,000 seat Stadium 2. The tournament is played on hard courts and is the best-attended tennis tournament outside the four Grand Slam tournaments. It has the second-largest permanent tennis stadium in the world (the Arthur Ashe stadium being the largest).