WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 5, 2008 – The USTA today announced that individual session tickets for the 2008 US Open, the world’s highest attended annual sporting event, will go on sale on Monday, June 9, at 9 a.m. ET. This year’s US Open is expected to attract approximately 700,000 fans as more than 250 of the world’s top tennis players from over 60 countries compete in this two-week event. The 2007 US Open set a new attendance record with 715,587 fans passing through the turnstiles.
The 2008 US Open will be held from Monday, August 25 through Sunday, September 7 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess, a full-day tennis and music festival for children and families, will kick off the US Open for the 13th consecutive year and will take place on Saturday, August 23. Tickets for the 2008 US Open and Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day can be purchased:
- at USOpen.org
- by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX
- at all Ticketmaster outlets
- at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office
In addition, the USTA will sell tickets for the 2008 US Open at Radio City Music Hall box office on Monday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, the USTA will hold an open casting call for children age 12 and under to sing the national anthem live during night sessions at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 2008 US Open will have day sessions beginning at 11 a.m. and night sessions beginning at 7 p.m. from Monday, August 25 through the quarterfinals on Thursday, September 4. Finals Weekend will feature the Women’s Singles Semifinals on Friday, September 5; the Men’s Singles Semifinals on Saturday, September 6; the Women’s Singles Final in primetime at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 6; and the Men’s Singles Final at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 7.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The box office will be closed Sundays and July 3-4. Payment can be made by credit card – – American Express is the Official Card of the US Open. US Open individual ticket prices range from $22 to $100, while prices for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess range from $10 to $20. For ticket plan availability, group sales, disabled seating and other US Open ticket information, call the USTA ticket office at 718-760-6200.
The 2008 US Open will mark the culmination of the Olympus US Open Series, the six-week summer tennis season linking all major ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments in North America to the US Open. Last year, more than 75 million viewers watched the US Open on CBS Sports and USA Network, while international broadcasts reached 180 countries. In 2007, Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic to win his fourth consecutive US Open in a men’s final, earning the largest payout in tennis history. Federer collected $2.4 million, which included the $1 million in bonus prize money for winning both the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series. In the women’s singles final, Justine Henin defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova to win her second US Open title.