Valencia, a perfect sport city break

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Are you aiming for a hot city break before winter comes? Valencia would be the perfect spot for a warm place, where culture and sport will meet next week. In less than seven days, the city will host the Valencia Open 500, one of the most exciting tennis tournaments in Spain.

Valencia is growing its passion for sports. After the 2007 America’s Cup, the Spanish city has changed his face, adding a Formula 1 event and enlarging the existing MotoGP and the tennis events (the new ATP 500 level started in 2009, replacing a smaller clay event in the spring).

The Venue

The Ágora building and surrounding grounds will become the home of tennis during the nine days of the tournament. For the second consecutive year, the central court will be set up inside this great building, with a capacity of 6 075, nearly a thousand more than last year’s of 5 149.

Situated a few metres from the Pont de l’Assut de l’ Or, the Ágora is a centrepiece of the Ciudad de las Artes las Ciencias, a complex designed by the world-reknown Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. The interior is a covered public square with a diaphanous roof. The covered area is almost 5 000 square metres. The rest of the courts will be constructed, as last year, at the level of the adjacent pools and walkways.

Getting in

This year, the tournament's Fun Park will once again be located next to the Ágora and will be opening its doors to tennis fans and the general public. Entrance to the FUN PARK will be free and a ticket will only be required to watch the actual matches. Another space near Court 1 will be used for commerce and leisure. Some of the most important figures in the tournament will be there to appear in exhibitions, participate in promotional events and sign autographs, among other activities. Next to the sponsors’ commercial stands there will be a catering area, a big screen displaying matches and public bathrooms.

Spotlight on kids

This year, the tournament will once again include activities aimed at children, so that the youngest fans can also be part of the competition. In the KIDS' FUN PARK, they can enjoy many fun activities, like an inflatable bubble pool and mini golf. In short, this is a tournament designed to make sure that all the fans feel part of the event and enjoy the best of tennis both on and off the court.