Madrid Open to stay at Caja Magica until 2031 after further improvements



by JOVICA ILIC

Madrid Open to stay at Caja Magica until 2031 after further improvements

Ten years ago, the Madrid Open switched from an indoor hard court later in the season to the brand new Caja Magica complex, staging combined ATP and WTA event on clay in May. The French architect Dominique Perrault designed the multilevel structure that contains three show courts under a retractable roof that makes it a unique place in the ATP calendar, especially among the tournaments staged on clay.

Ten additional courts are attached to Caja Magica and this state of the art complex presents the most advanced clay-court event in the world, gathering the most excellent players and having Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev on the list of champions!

Mutua Madrid Open is one of the most significant sporting events in Madrid and Spain in general and the organizers have presented the plan to keep it at Caja Magica for the next 12 years until 2031. Their program includes the brand new 7,500-seat court on the other side of Caja Magica where is currently the lake that will be dried to clear the space for the new stadium.

Also, three of the existing ten smaller courts will be removed to make the ground for the larger one, together with improvements on the other lower courts and this part of the complex in general. The City Council have to approve the plan and it is expected for a new deal to be confirmed soon on mutual benefit for the Mutua Madrid Open owners and the city of Madrid itself.

The Mutua Madrid Open has an economic impact of 107 million euros, 45.41 million correspond to the expense attributed to the spectators. Foreign visitors spent 1,146 euros during the four-day visit to Madrid Open according to the report of the European University and the University School of Real Madrid.

Madrid Open Manolo Santana