(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department is proud to welcome the return of the Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Tournament to Miami-Dade Parks' Crandon Tennis Center, located on beautiful Key Biscayne, March 21 - April 3, 2011. In cooperation with the Sony Ericsson Open/IMG, The Village of Key Biscayne, the Key Biscayne Police Department, the Miami-Dade County Public Works Department, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the City of Miami, and in the interest of enhanced public safety at this year's event, the Miami-Dade Parks Department is making the following announcements concerning traffic, transit, parking, drop-offs, bicycles, and pedestrians for residents and visitors attending the event:
Traffic - The public should expect heavier than normal traffic along Rickenbacker Causeway during the Tournament due to larger than normal crowds. Fans should note that SunPass is not accepted at the Causeway's toll booth. Visit www.511southflorida.com for traffic updates.
Transit - Bus service via the popular Route B Bus, also referenced as Route 102, covering the Brickell Metrorail Station, Brickell Business District, Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami Seaquarium, Crandon Park, City of Key Biscayne, and Cape Florida State Park, will make regular stops at the main entrance of the Tournament when heading toward the Village of Key Biscayne. It will also make regular stops across the street from the main entrance, along the east side of Crandon Boulevard, on its return route to Brickell. Public transportation information, including bus schedules, routes and fares, can be found online or by calling 311.
Parking - During the Tournament, parking will be available at the following locations:
- All Day General Admission Parking - $12-$20/Vehicle - Located at Arthur Lamb Road. Free shuttle services will be provided from Arthur Lamb Road to Parking Lot 3 every 15 minutes.
- Parking Lot 1 - Beach Patrons Parking Only - Located at the northernmost entrance to Key Biscayne after crossing the bridge beyond the Rickenbacker Causeway, this lot is strictly reserved for beach patron parking only.
- Parking Lot 2 - Accessible Parking - Located at the north entrance of Crandon Park, all accessible parking spaces for the disabled are located in this lot to patrons with a tournament ticket and a valid handicap decal.
- Parking Lot 2 - VIP Parking After 5PM - $30/Vehicle - Located at the north entrance of Crandon Park, this is the closest lot to the stadium. Fee is per day, no re-entry allowed.
- Parking Lot 3 - Box Holder Parking - This lot is reserved for Box Holders.
- Parking Lot 4 - Motorcycle & Golf-Cart Parking - $10 - Located at the south entrance of Crandon Park, this is the only lot allowing motorcycle and golf-cart parking at a cost of $10. Fee is per day, no re-entry allowed.
- Bicycles - Lot 4 - Bike Parking is FREE - Located in Lot 4 by its main exit, diagonally across from the Tournament's main-entrance crosswalk.
- Prohibited Parking - Parking is prohibited at Calusa Park on Key Biscayne. Commercial trucks are prohibited from parking in all public lots.
- Drop-Offs - The Tournament drop-off, pick-up and ticket Will Call area will be strictly limited to the North Gate/Lot 6 entrance.
- Pedestrians - Unlike previous years, for greater patron safety, the South Gate will not be accessible to pedestrians. Tennis fans walking to the Tournament from the Village of Key Biscayne will be directed by Key Biscayne Police to proceed along the east side of Crandon Boulevard, along its bike path adjacent to Lot 4. The path will lead to the Tournament's main-entrance crosswalk, where patrons will cross Crandon Boulevard to enter the event.
About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR):
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1 or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.