Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard that the Miami Open is moving from its longtime home in Key Biscayne to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
IMG, owner of the Miami Open, confirms move from Key Biscayne to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019, releases renderings of the site in the future. Awfully close to the highway but as Serena says "I am thrilled the Miami Open is staying in Miami, where it belongs.” pic.twitter.com/qBl5zkcp2E— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) December 20, 2017
To commemorate the move, the Miami Open held a private welcome party offering the first glimpse of what the new home will look like.
It was hard to say goodbye to Crandon Park, where Americans John Isner and Sloane Stephens were the last to raise the trophies on the island.
"There are so many good things about the tournament that I'm going to miss, because I have just been used to coming here for so many years," Stephens said. "I'm definitely going to miss it, because Key Biscayne is a hidden gem."
Goodbye to Key Biscayne today as the Miami Open moves to the Hard Rock Stadium in 2019 ending a 32 year run on the Key. Men's final Alexander Zverev vs John Isner at 1pm ET on ESPN2. Sad day but excited for the future for @ATPWorldTour & @WTA ???? @roger_rasheed pic.twitter.com/3lJqmSsSr7— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) April 1, 2018
Construction at the Hard Rock Stadium, which is also the home of the Miami Dolphins, began in March. Florida resident and eight-time champion Serena Williams was on hand for the ground-breaking ceremony.
The Miami Open will take place in its new home next March.