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Spago Makes Stadium Debut at BNP Paribas Open

Wolfgang Puck's infamous Beverly Hills restaurant adds elegance to the signficantly expanded dining scene at BNP Paribas Open.

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Chef Wolfgang Puck explains opening his first restaurant at a stadium flanked by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (right).

There is a table waiting for Austrian’s Dominic Thiem at the newly opened Spago at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Chef Wolfgang Puck will be sure to have wienerschnitzel on hand to make the world’s No. 7th ranked player feel more at home as the BNP Paribas Open hits its stride with several top players seeing action this weekend.

“If he eats that, I know that he will advance at least to the semifinals,” predicts Puck, smiling.

Fans could see players like Roger Federer taking in a meal at Spago, which is Puck’s very first presence at a sports stadium. Many have dined at Spago’s more well-known location in Beverly Hills.

Puck says Spago at the BNP is outfitted just like his other locations, even if in this case the 100-seat restaurant overlooking the Stadium One court will be open for only the duration of the tournament, which ends March 19.

“Larry Ellison (who owns the Indian Wells Tennis Garden) created a real special tournament that is one of the great ones of the world, and I think being here for a couple weeks and me being a tennis fan is really special,” Puck says.

VIDEO: Listen to Wolfgang Puck talk about a menu highlight at Spago, and why he chose to make his first stadium foray at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

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