The U.S. Tennis Association announced Thursday that tickets for courts and grounds passes will go on sale in July. The year’s last Grand Slam tournament is scheduled to be held at Flushing Meadows from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12.
The USTA’s decision to return to its usual number of people on-site is the latest step in a return to normal for New York — and for fans of various sports — as the world emerges from more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions.
For tennis, the U.S. Open will be the first Grand Slam tournament to have full attendance since the Australian Open in January-February 2020 — shortly before the coronavirus outbreak turned into a full-blown pandemic.READ MORE: Police Shoot, Injure Staten Island Man Who Swung Metal Pipe At Officers
The USTA held the 2020 U.S. Open with no spectators at all, significantly altering the atmosphere and the competitive conditions at an event where raucous crowds are a part of the scenery, especially during night sessions at 23,771-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium.
More than 700,000 people attended the 2019 U.S. Open.
The recently concluded French Open let more than 5,000 spectators into the Roland Garros grounds each day during Week 1, and that rose to more than 13,000 people by the end. The main stadium, Court Philippe Chatrier, was limited to 5,000 fans — about a third of capacity — for the singles finals last weekend.
The All England Club and British government announced this week that Centre Court would be filled at 50% capacity when Wimbledon starts on June 28, with that rising to 100% by the women’s and men’s singles finals on the closing weekend of July 10-11.
Wimbledon was canceled completely in 2020 because of the pandemic, the first time since 1945 that tournament wasn’t held.MORE NEWS: Justice Department Won't Open Civil Investigation Into COVID Response At Nursing Homes In 3 States
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