Sunday, March 9, 2008

Pacific Life Open Fun Facts

  • Estimated valley economic impact: More than $220 million
  • Officials book on average 11,000 hotel rooms each year for players
  • About 10,000 glossy programs are printed
  • 2008 anticipated attendance: 320,000
  • The tennis garden gets an electric bill of $60,000 to $90,000 from Edison to power the tournament, according to Director of Operations Bill Clarke. The main stadium has 144 overhead lights at 1,500 watts each "to brighten like daylight," Clarke said.
  • The Pacific Life uses 250 ball kids and they're mostly local
  • About 400 journalists from across the globe arrive to cover the Pacific Life Open.
  • Van Tuinen estimates the 3,000-member paid staff racks up more than a half-million hours preparing, working and cleaning up after the Pacific Life Open. Department directors typically work 15- to 20-hour days during the event.
  • : About 7,500 parking spots are available around the tennis garden
  • The tournament is broadcast to 70 million homes worldwide