(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department is proud to welcome the return of the internationally renowned Sony Open Tennis Tournament to Miami-Dade Parks' Crandon Tennis Center, located on beautiful Key Biscayne, March 18 - March 31, 2013. In cooperation with the Sony Open, The Village of Key Biscayne, the Key Biscayne Police Department, the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the City of Miami, and in the interest of enhanced public safety at this year's event, Miami-Dade Parks 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. While the traffic pattern has been adjusted to ensure public safety, the Bear Cut Bridge will continue to have two lanes travelling in each direction, just as in past years. All eastbound and westbound pedestrians and cyclists crossing the Bear Cut Bridge will proceed along the bridge's outermost westbound lane due to the lane reconfiguration. Fans should note that SunPass is not accepted at the Causeway's toll booth. Visit http://www.fl511.com/ for traffic updates. Drivers should allow for additional travel time to and from the tournament.
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 at http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/ or by calling 311.
Drop-Off/Pick-up/Will Call - The Tournament drop-off, pick-up and short term parking for Will Call pick-up will be strictly limited to the North Gate/Lot 6 entrance. Those picking up tickets should follow the signs leading to the ticket Will Call area located at the front gate.
Pedestrians - For greater patron safety, the South Tennis Center 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. This path will be lit for greater patron safety during evening hours. The path will lead to the Tournament's main-entrance crosswalk, where patrons will cross Crandon Boulevard to enter the event. Pedestrians will not be permitted to walk north of Harbor Drive on the southbound side of Crandon Boulevard.
Taxi Service - Taxi service will be available with pick-up/drop-off located north of the Crandon Park Office, between Lots 2 and 3, where shuttle buses enter/exit the park. Signage will be posted. Parking - Parking lots close two hours after the last match. Shuttle bus service to-and-from the All Day General Admission Parking Lot on Arthur Lamb Road ends one hour after the last match. During the Tournament, parking will be available at the following locations:
- All Day General Admission Parking - $12-$20/Vehicle - Located at Arthur Lamb Road, across from the Seaquarium. Free shuttle services will be provided from Arthur Lamb Road to Parking Lot 3 every 15 minutes until one hour after the last match.
- 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 - NO EVENT PARKING PERMITTED.
- 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. Subject to availability.
- 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 - Overnight parking is prohibited at Crandon Park. Parking is prohibited at Calusa Park on Key Biscayne. Commercial trucks are prohibited from parking in all public lots. RV's are not permitted at Crandon Park.
- RV Parking - RV's are restricted and may only utilize Arthur Lamb Road for parking.
About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 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 Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/.
Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.miamidade.gov/parks_foundation . To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call (305) 755-7848.