Fan activities at Roland Garros 2017
Roland Garros 2017 takes place from May 22 till June 11. The tournament constantly improves all kinds of features. It has finally gotten the go-ahead on expanding the site and redevelopments of the stadium, in particular a roof. Prize money has once again increased, while the organisation surveys online fans about the website and its content.
On-site many activities are organised to give fans the best experience. Here are some of the fan activities from this year:
RG Lab: Connected court
The RG Lab is the yearly recurring fan zone at the French Open with activities organised by the tournament’s partners. The zone is dedicated to connected tennis and new technologies. A connected court gives fans the feeling of a real life court with cheering fans. There are also several virtual reality experiences. Social media is integrated into the whole zone.
Roland Garros pop-up stores
Fans can find several pop-up stores around Paris and Brussels, like on the Champs-Elysées and train stations. The temporary boutiques sell the official Roland Garros merchandise. Although prices vary and are by no means cheap, there is a wide range of products on sale.
Fantasy sports are an important part of many sports fans’ experience. Tennis has entered this market as well. Roland Garros holds the RG Contest. This fantasy tennis contest has seven rounds in which contestants have to put together a team of players. The contestant with the most points each round wins. Players can also make private groups with friends. Prizes include tickets to the 2018 Roland Garros tournament, including the final, and tournament merchandise.
Kids Day at Roland Garros 2017
A common fan activity around tennis tournaments is Kids Day. Focussed on children, there are exhibition matches with players, training sessions and loads of kid-friendly activities. During the Kids Day at Roland Garros, fans got the chance to play on the famous red clay. All they needed to do was post an entry on one of the “winning moment” consoles at the Maison du Tennis.
The people that spent twenty Euros (free for kids under the age of six) to go to the Kids Day could also win a chance to be a line judge. An umpire contest determined the winners who could then be a line judge at an exhibition match in the main stadium.