8 Secrets of Forest Hills Stadium

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Forest Hills StadiumFormerly a tennis stadium and concert stage, Forest Hills Stadium reopened in 2013 as one of Queens' most popular concert venues.

Parker Tower residents have easy access to the stadium that has been bringing the hottest musical acts since the 1960s.

  1. In 1923, Forest Hills Stadium was constructed on open farmland.
     
  2. The venue became the original home of the U.S. Open from 1968 – 1978 where tennis greats like Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe played. It hosted Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson’s Grand Slam wins.
     
  3. The Beatles were helicoptered onto the grass courts for two consecutive sold-out shows in 1964. A ticket cost between $2.95 and $6.50.
     
  4. Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and The Who are just a few bands who have rocked the concert stage.
     
  5. At Sinatra’s July 15 and July 16, 1977 concerts, the stadium was sold-out with ticket prices at $10, $15, or $25.
     
  6. The stadium fits 14,000 people comfortably.
     
  7. There are hidden rooms, including one V.I.P. room where you enter through a fake Port-a-Potty. Once inside, there’s courtside or stage-side seating and an open bar.
     
  8. Barbra Streisand took a break from her role in Broadway’s Funny Girl to play a concert at the stadium.
     

Location:
1 Tennis Pl.
Forest Hills, NY 11375

How to get there:
Take the E, M, F, or R lines to the 71st Avenue Forest Hills station in Queens and then walk South on 71st Avenue under the train tracks. Alternatively, take the LIRR to the Forest Hills Station.

(Photo Credit: Forest Hills Stadium, Instagram)

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