The U.S. Open will allow 100% spectator capacity for its entire two-week schedule when it takes place later this year in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) announced early Thursday, making it the first grand slam tennis tournament to impose no restriction on fan attendance since the start of the pandemic.
According to the Associated Press, tickets for all courts and ground passes will go on sale in July.
The tournament—which is the final grand slam of the calendar year—is scheduled to take place from August 30 to September 12 at Flushing Meadows in New York.
Some of the tournament’s biggest games and all the finals will take place at Arthur Ashe Stadium which has a capacity of 23,771.
On Wednesday, the pro wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) announced that they will be holding one of their weekly shows at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 22 with fans in attendance.
The New York Mets have also announced plans to return to full capacity for next week’s game at Citi Field.
737,872. That’s the total number of fans that attended the 2019 U.S. Open, setting an all-time attendance record for the tournament.
The USTA’s decision comes after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday lifted most of the state’s Covid-19 restrictions as 70% of its adults had received at least one vaccine dose. Last year’s tournament had taken place behind closed doors due to the pandemic. This year, the U.S. Open will be the first of tennis’s four majors to allow a full capacity crowd in attendance for its entire duration. The recently concluded French Open allowed only about a third of its stands to be filled with spectators. The upcoming Wimbledon tournament in England will allow Centre Court to be filled at 50% capacity at the start, however, the men’s and women’s singles finals will be contested in front of a full capacity crowd.
US Open tennis tournament to allow 100% fan capacity in 2021 (Associated Press)
‘Return To Life As We Know It’: New York, California Drop Covid-19 Restrictions (Forbes)