Neglected NY Tennis Stadium to Mount a Comeback as Concert Venue

The West Side Tennis Club (where they used to ...
The West Side Tennis Club (where they used to play the U.S. Open) is less than a block from our house. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Billie Jean King to The Beatles, Jimmy Connors to Jimi Hendrix, Chris Evert to The Rolling Stones.

For decades, the stadium at the West Side Tennis Club was not only one of the cathedrals of tennis – host of the U.S. Open – it was also a stirring music venue, tucked into a leafy neighborhood of stately homes in Queens’ Forest Hills neighborhood.

That heyday came to an end in 1978 when the Open moved three miles away to the much more expansive grounds at Flushing Meadows. The horseshoe-shaped stadium at Forest Hills quickly became a relic, and its days as a music venue faded as well amid complaints from neighbors about noise, crowds and cars parking on residential streets.

But a new plan is now in the works to revive the sound of music at the 16,000-seat Forest Hills stadium and perhaps, one day, bring back big-time professional tennis.

“We were once the center of the tennis universe,” says club president Roland Meier. “And this is our revival.”

It begins Aug. 28 with a concert featuring the British band Mumford & Sons, which will serve as a test to convince neighbors that such performances will not create too much of a disturbance. Read the rest of article here…


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