8 Secrets of Forest Hills Stadium

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Forest Hills Stadium - Beatles FansBuilt in 1923 and renovated in 2013, Forest Hills Stadium has a rich history in the neighborhood and now reigns as one of Queens' most popular concert venues.

Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and The Who are just a few of the legendary singers and bands who have rocked the concert stage. But there are still many parts of the venue loyal fans and locals have yet to discover.

Here are the coolest secrets and little-known facts about Forest Hills Stadium.

1. In 1923, Forest Hills Stadium was constructed on open farmland. Over time, the city rose around it.

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 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.

The Beatles concert ticket, Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, August 28, 1964
The Beatles concert ticket, Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, August 28, 1964

4. Barbra Streisand took a break from her role in Broadway’s Funny Girl to play a concert at the stadium.

5. Frank Sinatra had three sold-out shows in 1965 with tickets available for $6.95. Sinatra performed for 90 minutes, and his set included “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin" and “Luck Be a Lady.”

A newspaper ad for the 1965 Forest Hills Music Festival

6. Several scenes in Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums were filmed in and around the stadium.

7. Jimi Hendrix was the opening act for the The Monkees at Forest Hills Stadium.

An ad for the 1967 show.  

8. There are hidden rooms throughout the venue, including one V.I.P. lounge where you enter through a fake Port-a-Potty. (It's so secretive that there are only a few actual photos of it.) Once inside, there’s courtside or stage-side seating and an open bar.

(Photo Credits: Forest Hills Stadium, via Instagram)

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