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U.S. Open Looks To Continue Strong Attendance After Slight Drop In '10

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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 TREND
YEAR
TOTAL ATTENDANCE
YEAR
TOTAL ATTENDANCE
'10
712,976
'88
403,698
'09
721,059
'87
405,759
'08
720,227
'86
413,821
'07
715,587
'85
409,455
'06
640,000*
'84
392,111
'05
659,538
'83
376,676
'04
631,870
'82
359,969
'03
615,456^
'81
351,424
'02
628,738
'80
331,140
'01
639,343**
'79
305,311
'00
606,017
'78
275,300^^^
'99
584,490
'77
218,480
'98
535,155
'76
250,880
'97
559,544^^
'75
216,683****
'96
506,012
'74
153,287
'95
505,666***
'73
137,488
'94
529,687
'72
130,010
'93
530,764
'71
121,233
'92
520,868
'70
122,996
'91
482,629
'69
101,496
'90
421,994
'68
97,294
'89
416,855
       

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.

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