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The U.S. Open drew 712,976 fans to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center last year, down 1.1% from the record-setting attendance figure set in '09 and marking the lowest draw since '06, according to figures from the USTA. Since the event moved to Flushing, N.Y., in '78, a total of 16.2 million fans have attended. The event got off to a slow start yesterday, with attendance down for both the day and night sessions. Total attendance for the day was 56,775, down 5.3% from the first day last year. Listed below is a total attendance trend for the U.S. Open dating back to '68 (THE DAILY).U.S. OPEN ATTENDANCE TRENDYEARTOTAL ATTENDANCEYEARTOTAL ATTENDANCE'10712,976'88403,698'09721,059'87405,759'08720,227'86413,821'07715,587'85409,455'06640,000*'84392,111'05659,538'83376,676'04631,870'82359,969'03615,456^'81351,424'02628,738'80331,140'01639,343**'79305,311'00606,017'78275,300^^^'99584,490'77218,480'98535,155'76250,880'97559,544^^'75216,683****'96506,012'74153,287'95505,666***'73137,488'94529,687'72130,010'93530,764'71121,233'92520,868'70122,996'91482,629'69101,496'90421,994'6897,294'89416,855
NOTES: * = Net attendance taking into account approximately 60,000 exchanges from six sessions that qualified for USTA inclement weather policy. ^ = Rain affected eight sessions of play and caused for an additional night session to be added to the schedule. ** = First year with the women's final as a separate session. ^^ = First year with Arthur Ashe Stadium. *** = First year counting paid attendance only. ^^^ = First year at USTA National Tennis Center. **** = First year of night sessions.