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SBD/August 26, 2013/Events and Attractions
WTA New Haven Open Attendance Drops About 10%, While Sponsor Talks Continue
Published August 26, 2013
SCALING BACK: In Hartford, Lori Riley noted the tournament this year "consolidated the fans into the lower box seat ring, which seats 5,500, shutting off the upper ring of the Connecticut Tennis Center." The entire stadium "seats 13,000." Worcester said that as a result of the consolidation, the tournament "gave away fewer complimentary tickets to charity groups and the like and also cut back on the amount of tickets they gave sponsors" (HARTFORD COURANT, 8/25). In New Haven, Chris Hunn noted the tournament is "giving less tickets away" and "thus selling more." Worcester "seems confident that professional tennis will be back in New Haven." Worcester: "I can’t sit here and say I’ve got funding for the next three years. ... But I couldn’t be more optimistic about those five cornerstones renewing." She "hopes for a new contract to be announced in October." Worcester also "did not rule out the possibility of a title sponsor and [said] that there are some potential new cornerstones." The tournament also has "received funding from the state, which has been critical." Worcester: "It’s the first time in my 16 years the state has recognized the value of this tournament. ... They’re taking baby steps. A major investment in physical improvement and permanent infrastructure, and making the building a multi-purpose facility is still a few years off" (NEW HAVEN REGISTER, 8/25).