On Aug. 28, the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens will hold its first big live event since the late 1990's. Mumford & Sons has agreed to hold a concert at the stadium in an effort to help increase the club's sales and ultimately bring life back into the stadium.
Since it was built in 1923, the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY has become a historic landmark from the countless legendary concerts and global sporting events held at the venue.
The U.S. open was held at the stadium for decades until 1978, and numerous tennis icons competed on the courts including Bill Tilden, Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Jimmy Connors and Althea Gibson (the first black player in a Grand Slam event in 1950).
Between the 1960's and 70's, the stadium also hosted the shows for legendary music artists such as Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and the Who.
In late 1980's, the West Side Tennis Club quit allowing large events to take place at the stadium due to complaints from neighbors about the noise, littler, parking, etc. Since then, the stadium has suffered from extreme deterioration and neglect and has drastically gone downhill from the thriving venue it once was.
The clubs president, Roland Meir, is determined to save stadium from further deconstruction. Club officials and a promoter have made an agreement to hold 19 shows during the next three years at the stadium. Meir hopes that these concerts will help finance the renovations for the stadium, and hopefully once again become a place to hold national events.
Mike Luba, who is promoting the concert series, said that when he gave the tour of the stadium to Mumford & Sons, they "fell absolutely in love with it".
The show on Aug. 28 will have a 10 p.m. curfew, and there will also be a new entrance further away from the neighboring homes for attendees to enter and exit through. These modifications were made to respect the wishes of the local residents, and hopefully make them more open to the idea of holding more live events at the stadium.
Only general admission tickets will be available for the Mumford & Son show at $70 each. Information about purchasing tickets has not yet been released.
Source: New York Times