LAYKOLD TRANSFORMS MIAMI OPEN

From NFL stadium to major tennis tournament in record time.

 
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Laykold® has been the official surface provider of the Miami Open for the past 35 years. However, the tournament’s move to Hard Rock Stadium, located in Miami Gardens in Florida, a multipurpose NFL Stadium and home to the Miami Dolphins added another level of complexity and time challenges to this high-profile project.

 
 
 
 

CHALLENGE

This project had four major challenges to overcome:

  1. Colors

    The creation of a court color palette that would give the event a distinct Miami flavor, but at the same time deliver against the strict ball visibility requirements of Broadcast and meet player performance standards.

  2. Pace Rating

    There was a strong desire for court speed consistency between the venues with a ‘ITF 3 Medium’ Pace-Rating request.

  3. Stadium within a stadium

    As the official home of the Miami Dolphins, access to the venue was limited. Three weeks out from the tournament, we only had an asphalt base in stadium for the show courts.

  4. Transformation of parking

    With a requirement for additional courts, a huge transformation of the parking space around the stadium needed to take place. We could not begin installation work on nine of these courts until two months prior to the tournament commencing.

 
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APPROACH

Laykold’s approach to delivering this project was technical and consultative to ensure a high performing result under very tight time constraints.

  1. Colors

    The color mixing needed to be 100% perfect to ensure accurate matching with existing surfaces. New color recommendations had to be based on Laykold’s understanding of color performance against the environmental conditions in the region.

    As a result, Laykold®:

    • applied 11 color matches

    • explored 24 color combinations

    • trialed colors on three test courts

    • completed one full court mock-up

    Colors were also reviewed by players and tested by Broadcast for TV viewing visibility.

  2. Pace Rating

    To achieve the desired ‘ITF 3 Medium’ Pace-Rating, Laykold® customized our product mix and installation methods to achieve the right ball speed for the tournament.

  3. Stadium within a Stadium

    With only the asphalt base three weeks prior to tournament starting, a quick turnaround from Team Laykold® and installation partner Fast-Dry Courts meant the courts were ready in time.

  4. Transformation of Parking

    Laykold® converted the outdoor parking area at Hard Rock Stadium into 18 practice and 11 tournament courts.

    • Nine courts could not be installed until two months prior to tournament starting

    • Quick turnaround from Team Laykold® installation partner Fast-Dry Courts

    • At conclusion of tournament, courts were transformed back to parking for Hard Rock Stadium.

 
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RESULT

  • The Miami Open was successfully delivered as a high end, 5th Major ATP tennis tournament in record time with some of the highest fan attendance in history.

  • Player feedback has been very positive around court consistency and speed. With the winner of the tournament Roger Federer saying “I really think it’s actually pretty good.”

  • The new Miami Open court colors; Laykold® Oasis Blue & Biscayne Blue were the talk of the tournament among tennis enthusiasts and spectators. Perfectly capturing the sea, the sky and the sizzle of ‘hard rock’ tennis.

  • Laykold® developed new technology, to be employed in 2020, which will allow court coatings to be laid on new asphalt within a reduced time period. This Laykold® innovation has been at the heart of Hard Rock Stadium’s ability to deliver the Miami Open and host the 2020 Super Bowl only days apart.

North America

APT
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+1 724 452 1330
info@advpolytech.com


Asia Pacific

APT
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+61 3 8792 8000
info@aptasiapacific.com.au


South & Latin America

APT
109 Conica Lane PO Box 160, Harmony, PA 16037, USA

+61 3 8792 8000
enquiry@advpolytech.com.au


Europe

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+49 5422 9447-0
apt@melos-gmbh.com


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