Conn. tennis tournament makes changes to stadium
The New Haven Open is closing the upper bowl at the Connecticut
Tennis Center for this year’s tournament amid dwindling attendance
Tournament directory Anne Worcester says the idea is to create a
more intimate atmosphere and make the stadium seem less empty than
in has in recent years.
She says she hopes fewer available tickets will result in more
About 53,000 fans attended last year’s tournament, down from
crowds that once hovered close to 90,000 to see the final
hard-court event before the U.S. Open.
The WTA tournament – which begins Sunday and runs through the
week – is in its final year of a three-year deal with its major
sponsors, including Yale.
This year’s event features four of the top-10 players in the