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ATLANTA SPORTS COUNCIL TO BID FOR U.S. TENNIS OPEN
Published November 18, 1994
The Atlanta Sports Council is "taking a crack at luring" the U.S. Open Tennis Championships away from New York, and has already sent a proposal to the USTA to build its center in Stone Mountain, GA. The USTA has plans and a budget to renovate Flushing Meadows, the current U.S. Open site. In their proposal, Atlanta officials estimated that a GA facility would cost about $75M less than New York because of lower construction costs. The Atlanta proposal calls for using the 12,000-seat Olympics tennis venue as part of the U.S. Tennis Center. The 130 acres next to the venue would be available to the USTA so it could construct a stadium with a retractable roof. Atlanta Chamber President Gerald Bartels: "It's a long shot, but it would be really neat if we got it." John Niemeyer, speaking for the Southern Tennis Association, believes Atlanta's chances are not good, because he said the "old guard" would fight to keep the Open in New York. Jimmy Connors: "Atlanta would love it and support it. But ... it's always been the 'U.S. Open in New York.'" But the USTA is also aware many players, especially the younger ones, do not like New York because of the jet noise, traffic, expense and getting in and out of Flushing Meadows (Saporta & Brice, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/18).