Good news for tennis in the US, except for those who wanted tickets and were unsuccessful
This article says 30 min but several people reported being unable to get tickets after just 10-15 min.
Did anyone try to get tickets? was anyone successful? The USTA pre-sale last week also sold out, in a couple hours.
First 'out' of Davis Cup: Tickets gone
The international men's tennis tournament finale sells out Memorial Coliseum in less than 30 minutes
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The Oregonian Staff
So much for a lack of interest in the Davis Cup.
Tickets to the tennis tournament finale Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Portland sold out in less than 30 minutes after their 10 a.m. offering Monday.
The rapid sale guarantees that top men's tennis players from the United States and Russia will square off in front of a capacity crowd at 12,000-seat Memorial Coliseum, the arena's first sellout for a sporting event in seven years, Rose Quarter officials said.
Tickets weren't inexpensive, either. Three-day passes ranged from $90 to $600.
U.S. Tennis Association officials acknowledged that the luster of the 105-year-old tournament had worn off in recent years when they took over City Hall last month to trumpet Portland's hosting of the event.
One big factor is that a Davis Cup final hasn't been contested on U.S. soil in 15 years. The United States hasn't won the cup in 12 years. And the nearly year-round format of the event has turned off some would-be fans.
But back in its heyday, the Davis Cup attracted sellout Memorial Coliseum crowds to watch legends John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors in the 1981 and 1984 semifinal rounds.
The USTA planned a marketing blitz to drum up interest, but it turns out it was there all along. The only tickets available for public sale will be through independent brokers or Internet re-sale sites such as StubHub and eBay, which had tickets listed at more than face value Monday afternoon. And now the USTA has more time and money to appease ticket-less fans. Organizers are considering live big-screen viewing parties in Pioneer Courthouse Square and perhaps even a Davis Cup trophy tour.
Most sports fans can picture the Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl winner, or the Stanley Cup, which goes to the NHL champion.
"I don't think people know what the Davis Cup looks like," USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said. "The thing is more than five feet tall and weighs 800 pounds."