Originally Posted by DA BACKHAND
What are those 5 people doing sitting there??? It's a bad angle for watching a tennis match, surely they could have sit somewhere else as the stadium is empty.
If you look carefully, you'll see that many of the people near the camera are sitting in the shade. The very top row on the south side of the court got a little shade from the media boxes. I sat right below the box from which the Tennis Channel was doing their broadcast for a while. I could hear what the announcers were saying.
One idiot fan was standing behind me even closer to the Tennis Channel broadcasters, and his cell phone kept going off. He would answer it, talk for a while loudly! Fans were shushing him. Finally an usher told him to get out of the stadium if he wanted to use his phone.
Attendance was sparce today. Part of it is that it's simply too hot to sit still for long periods of time outside in Los Angeles. Hopefully they're getting better attendance for the evening sessions. The upside of all this is that I could sit anywhere I wanted in the stadium (or the outside courts). You gotta like that.
In contrast to the picture posted at the beginning of this thread, I understand that 85,000 people attended the World Championships of Surfing in Huntington Beach last weekend!
The tennis stadium could really use a partial roof over it to cast shade into the seats. That might sound far fetched, but there's a soccer stadium adjacent to the tennis stadium that has exactly that - big overhangs to cast shade into the upper bleachers. Why didn't they to it for the tennis stadium too?