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Connecticut Open Sees Attendance Increase From '13 After Staving Off Relocation
Published August 25, 2014
BACK IN (THE) BLACK? In New Haven, Chip Malafronte wrote when the state of Connecticut "saved the event from relocation last fall, allocating $618,000 to prevent the city’s last bastion of pro sports from fleeing to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, many wondered whether the investment was sound," and if the tournament was "even worth saving." It appears the state "is happy with the new direction" after year one of the deal. All goals and targets, including attendance, "were surpassed." Connecticut Budget Dir Ben Barnes said, "We want to operate in the black, and we’re very close to operating in the black." But one "glaring trend that’s held over from previous years: smallish crowds that often leave large swaths of Stadium Court seats unoccupied" (NEW HAVEN REGISTER, 8/24). The AP's Pat Eaton-Robb noted this year's weeklong crowd of 47,140 was "still far below the more than 90,000 it drew a decade ago and the 76,480 who came" in '10, the last year it was a combined men's and women's event (AP, 8/23).
CAROLINA IN MY MIND: ATP Winston-Salem Open Tournament Dir Bill Oakes said that he received "universally positive feedback" from players at the tournament last week, and the "report card he received from the ATP ... was glowing." Oakes also said that the tournament sponsors "had good things to say about this year's tournament." Oakes: "We had new a seating configuration this year with more legroom for fans and wider, more comfortable seats" (WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, 8/24).