Top 30 Largest Tennis Stadiums By Capacity
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 30 of the world’s largest tennis stadiums by capacity.
30. Estoril Court Central – Oeiras, Portugal
With a total capacity of 10,000 people, Estoril Court Central is a massive tennis stadium that can be found in Oeiras, Portugal. The stadium was built in 2005 and is famous for hosting the prestigious Portugal Open event each year during the month of May. Even though it is undoubtedly quite large, this stadium is actually one of the smallest on our list by capacity, since other similar establishments in the world are known to be able to accommodate twice as many tennis fans at once.
29. Lotus Court – Beijing, China
The Lotus Court is a large tennis court that flaunts a capacity of 10,000 people and can be found in Beijing, China. As part of the city’s famous National Tennis Center, this court is located in close proximity to Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium and features great cooling facilities that are meant to ensure the comfort of tennis enthusiasts as they follow the progress of their favorite tennis players. In 2008, this stunning stadium was the host of the renowned China Open.
28. Court Suzanne Lenglen – Paris, France
Built in 1994, Court Suzanne Lenglen in Paris, France boasts a capacity of 10,076. The stadium was named after one of the most iconic female figures in tennis – Suzanne Lenglen, who won no less than six French Open titles as well as six Wimbledon championships during her prime between 1914 and 1926. This tennis stadium hosts the incredible French Open event, which is also known as Roland Garros. What makes this particular tennis court special apart from its imposing size is the fact that it features a state-of-the-art underground irrigation system that helps control the moisture levels on the court’s surface.
27. Louis Armstrong Stadium – New York, USA
The Louis Armstrong Stadium used to be the host of the prestigious US Open event and is located within the beautiful city of New York in the USA. The stadium was named in honor of Louis Armstrong himself, who used to live in close proximity to the site until his unfortunate passing in 1971. With a capacity of 10,200 people, the Louis Armstrong Stadium is one of the largest in the city and in the world, and so it definitely deserves a spot on our list.
26. Ken Rosewall Arena – Sydney, Australia
Ken Rosewall Arena is the name of the central tennis court of Sydney’s NSW Tennis Centre, and it flaunts a capacity of no less than 10,500 people. Built in 1999, this tennis court was the host of the 2000 Summer Olympics, but it also hosts the famed Sydney International tournament that takes place each year prior to the the Australian Open. The arena was named after Ken Rosewall – one of the most renowned and important tennis players in Australia.
25. Melbourne Multi Purpose Venue – Melbourne, Australia
Another very important tennis stadium in Australia is the Melbourne Multi Purpose Venue, which is able to seat 10,500 tennis fans. Presently known as the Hisense Arena, this massive stadium was opened in 2000 and was sketched out by a company called Peddle Thorp Architects. The arena is famous for hosting the Australian Open tennis tournament each year.
24. HP Pavilion at San Jose – San Jose, California
This massive indoor arena can be found in the city of San Jose in California and is able to accommodate as many as 11,386 tennis fans at once. The arena was opened in 1993 and was used for a variety of sporting events including basketball, ice hockey, wrestling and tennis, of course. Since 2013, the arena changed its name to SAP Center at San Jose as part of a contract between HP and a German software company called SAP.
23. Olympic Stadium – Moscow, Russia
The Olympic Stadium in Russia’s capital of Moscow boasts with a capacity of 11,400 people and was opened for the first time in 1980. Also known as Olimpiyskiy, this indoor arena is used for hosting various sporting events and concerts, but as far as tennis is concerned, it’s worth mentioning that it was the host of the 2006 Davis Cup Final and the Bandy World Championships.
22. Wimbledon No. 1 Court – London, United Kingdom
The No. 1 Court is an intricate part of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which can be found in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. This stunning arena boasts with a total capacity of 11,430 guests and was opened for the first time in 1997. The arena currently hosts the Wimbledon Championships but it also played a key role in the 2012 Olympic Games. By 2019, the Wimbledon No. 1 Court in London is scheduled to receive a state-of-the-art retractable roof.
21. Lindner Family Tennis Center (Center Court) – Ohio, USA
Placed under the management of Tennis for Charity Inc, the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio features a heritage that dates back to 1979. The Center Court of this massive establishment was constructed in 1981 and currently features a total capacity of 11,435 visitors. This particular court is the host of the W&S Open Cincinnati Masters, which is a famous annual outdoor hardcourt tennis event.
20. Uniprix Stadium – Montreal, Canada
The famed Canada Masters tennis tournament takes place in in Montreal, Quebec at the incredible Uniprix Stadium. This stadium was constructed in 1996 and flaunts a total capacity of 11,700 visitors. One of the major highlights of this superb stadium comes in the form of its DecoTurf cushioned acrylic surface, which features a mix of of acrylic, silica and rubber placed on top of a concrete or asphalt base.
19. IMPACT Muang Thong Thani – Bangkok, Thailand
The IMPACT Arena at the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani complex flaunts 12,000 seats. The arena is used for numerous entertainment purposes such as concerts and large events. In 2013, the arena hosted the prestigious Mister Universe pageant, and as far as tennis is concerned, we can tell you that it is directly linked with the Thailand Open. All in all, the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani complex receives around 15 million visitors on a yearly basis.
18. SKK Peterburgsky – St. Petersburg, Russia
The Saint-Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex was opened in 1980 and currently represents one of the largest and most important arenas in Russia. Located within the city of St. Petersburg, this magnificent arena is able to seat as many as 20,000 people during concerts, but its tennis seating capacity is somewhere at around 12,000. The complex is used for various sporting events such as fencing, table tennis and bowling, but one of the most important events is obviously the St. Petersburg Open.
17. Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy – Paris, France
Yet another massive arena in Paris is the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, which can be found within the the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Sketched out by experts from an architecture firm named Andrault-Parat, Prouvé and Guvan, the arena features a contemporary design that resembles a pyramid. One of the most important events hosted by the POPB is the Paris Masters ATP Tour tennis tournament, but other noteworthy basketball, gymnastics, boxing and handball competitions also take place on its grounds. The Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy is able to accommodate 12,000 visitors.
16. Gerry Weber Stadion – Halle, Germany
This remarkable indoor sports arena can be found in Halle, Germany and was opened in 1992. In 1994 and 2005, the venue was the subject of extensive renovations, and the results are truly breathtaking to say the least. As far as seating capacity is concerned, the Gerry Weber Stadion flaunts 12,300 seats for tennis fans and 11,000 for handball enthusiasts. Every year in June, the arena is the host of the Gerry Weber Open – a highly prestigious grass court tournament.
15. Foro Italico, Campo Centrale – Rome, Italy
Previously known as Foro Mussolini, the Foro Italico sports complex is located in Italy’s capital of Rome and comprises some of the most notable sports venues in the city. The Campo Centrale center court was added to the tennis center in order to host the 2010 tournament. This court flaunts a capacity of 12,500 visitors and is one of the largest and most incredible arenas of its kind in the country.
14. Caja Mágica, Estadio Manolo Santana – Madrid, Spain
La Caja Mágica, which means The Magic Box, is a superb arena that can be found in Park Manzanares, Madrid. The sports arena hosts the Madrid Masters tournament of Spain and was opened for the first time in 2009. This important outdoor establishment was designed by Dominique Perrault and features a clay surface. Its total seating capacity is no less than 12,500, which makes it the one of the largest tennis stadiums by capacity in the world.
13. Rexall Centre – Toronto, Canada
Also featuring a capacity of 12,500 is the Rexall Centre in Toronto, Canada. Constructed in 2004, this tennis stadium hosts the Canada Masters tournament each year but it also serves as a training facility for aspiring tennis players. The stadium was designed by Robbie Young & Wright Architects Inc and flaunts a field size of 303,972 square feet. The establishment can be found on the western side of the York University campus.
12. Tennis Center at Crandon Park – Florida, USA
The main highlight of the Tennis Center at Crandon Park complex in Florida is a magnificent stadium court that features a seating capacity of no less than 13,300 people. Designed by Rossetti Architects and opened officially in 1991, this stadium is used to host the Miami Open tournament and impresses with a series of outdoor seating arrangements and a high quality, hard surface.
11. Am Rothenbaum – Hamburg, Germany
The yearly Hamburg Masters tournament that takes place in Germany is hosted by the superb Am Rothenbaum tennis court. The Rotherbaum part of Hamburg is known for its ties with tennis since 1927, but the stadium that we are talking about was actually opened in 1997 and flaunts a total capacity of 13,300 visitors.
10. Perth Arena – Perth, Australia
Placed right in the middle of Perth in Australia, the Perth Arena is a modern and spectacular sports arena that was opened in 2012. The establishment’s tennis facilities have a capacity of 13,910 fans, while the full capacity of the arena is no less than 15,500 people. Owned by VenuesWest, the Perth Arena hosted the renowned Hopman Cup in 2013 and enjoyed a record attendance of 13,509 tennis fans.
9. Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia
As a very important part of the Melbourne Park in Australia, the Rod Laver Arena flaunts a capacity of 14,820 seats and was named after Rod Laver – a highly successful Australian tennis player who won the Australian Open 3 times. This arena was opened officially in 1988 but was renovated extensively in 1996, and it is now visited by about 1.5 million tennis players each year.
8. Stade Roland Garros – Court Philippe Chatrier – Paris, France
The Court Philippe Chatrier is the main highlight of the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, and it boasts a maximum capacity of 14,911 visitors. As one of the top 10 largest tennis stadiums in the world right now, the Court Philippe Chatrier was actually built in 1928 and hosted a plethora of very important tennis events such as the French Open. Until 1998, the stadium was named Court Central but was renamed in order to honor the president of the Fédération Française de Tennis, Philippe Chatrier.
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.