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U.S. Open Aims to Smash Attendance Records After 2022 Historic Turnout

  • Last year's event drew almost 800,000 fans to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
  • The grounds boast 23,000- and 14,000-seat venues with retractable roofs.
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The 2023 U.S. Open will look to break another attendance record after drawing 776,120 fans in 2022 — the most ever for the main draw of the event.

Despite full capacity in 2021, that pandemic-affected edition didn’t break the previous record set in 2019, and fans weren’t allowed in 2020. Although last year’s U.S. Open attendance was higher than this year’s Wimbledon and the French Open, it was lower than the 2023 Australian Open’s draw, which was nearly 840,000.

Ticket revenue brought in $167.4 million for the USTA in 2022, according to the organization’s financial report. The majority of that figure comes from the U.S. Open but also includes ticket sales from the 2022 Western & Southern Open (formerly owned by the USTA), which drew less than 200,000 fans.

U.S. Open grounds passes can sell for under $50 at face value, but early-week sessions have been reselling for more than $150 on the tournament’s official Ticketmaster page. U.S. Open tickets are much easier to come by than those of its British counterpart — Wimbledon uses a public ballot each year to randomly select who can buy tickets.

High-profile U.S. Open matches take place at the 23,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium or the 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium, both of which have retractable roofs. Tickets for some night sessions at those venues are selling for nearly $3,000 this week.

In total, there are 16 courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center used for U.S. Open singles and doubles matches.

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