Sports Venues - Arthur Ashe Stadium
Named after one of tennis' biggest legends, Arthur Ashe Stadium is one incredible sports venue! This state-of-the-art tennis stadium is the premier court of the US Open - one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world.
Arthur Ashe Stadium - History
Arthur Ashe was one of the greatest tennis players to ever play the sport. One of the first African American tennis players, he won three grand slam titles in his career, including winning the 1968 US Open. Tragically Ashe died of the AIDS virus in 1993. In 1997, the Arthur Ashe Stadium was built in his honor, and serves as the main court of the US Open - one of the four grand slams of tennis. The Stadium is part of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY. The Arthur Ashe Stadium replaced the Louis Armstrong Stadium (which is still used) as the tournament's premier court.
Arthur Ashe Stadium - First Class
Arthur Ashe Stadium is a four-level building located in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. Besides seating 22,547 fans, the stadium boasts 90 luxury suites, five restaurants, a two-level players' lounge and a modern broadcast and audio system. Like the rest of the 45 courts in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium is made up of a DecoTurf cushioned acrylic surface.
Arthur Ashe Stadium - Great Moments
For the past decade, the Arthur Ashe Stadium has hosted some very memorable tennis matches. It was in this satium that fans watched Andy Roddick, a 22-year old sensation, fall to his knees after winning his first Grand Slam at the 2003 US Open. It's also where the Williams sisters met in the final of the 2001 US Open. Serena and Venus became the first siblings in US Open history to meet in the final.
Arthur Ashe Stadium – Fun Facts
- The Arthur Ashe Stadium is located near Shae Stadium, the home of the New York Mets.
- Since the Arthur Ashe Stadium was built, the attendance total has topped 6,100,176 people.
- The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center contains 45 courts, including 11 practice courts. Only 15 of those courts are used for the US Open.