Sony Open unveils plans for upgrades to complex

Sony Open officials unveiled plans Wednesday for a $50 million

project to improve the tournament site, with work scheduled to

begin after next year’s event.

The plans include three new stadiums, upgrading the current

stadium and adding an acre of green space. The new stadiums would

seat 3,000 to 6,000.

The project will be paid for by IMG, which owns and operates the

tournament. A Miami-Dade County park near Miami has been the site

of the event since 1987, and the project received approval in a

voter referendum.

Completion of the project, to be done in three phases, is

scheduled before the start of the 2017 tournament.

”What we’re looking for is to make it a better park, a better

playing facility for the players, more comfortable for our

guests,” tournament director Adam Barrett said. ”It’s so

important to us to keep Miami our home, IMG has allocated

tournament-generated revenues.”