US Open Shatters First Week Records
Interesting...night session attendance record was on Friday, when the main attraction was Fed/Santoro and not an American player. Maybe that had more to do with the fact it was Friday and not who was playing. But it still proves (along with other attendance figures) that these dolts in the media are talking crap when they say nobody cares about tennis in the USA, Roger doesn't get any love here, no one would watch now that Andy Roddick is out, ect. I think CBS said their TV viewership was up 15%. And to think the day after Roddick lost the idiots on ESPN were saying nobody cares and nobody will watch now that he's out.Nearly 400,000 Fans Attend First Week, Including Three Consecutive Days
of Record Attendance
Website Visits Double vs. Last Year; Merchandise Sales At All-time High
FLUSHING, N.Y., September 5, 2005 - The USTA has announced that the first week of the 2005 US Open set records in attendance, website traffic and merchandise sales. The following lists the new records and other highlights through Sunday, September 4:
• Seven-day attendance of 392,672 is the highest of all-time (topping the previous record of 381,891 set in 2003).
• The single session attendance record of 35,484 was set Sunday, September 4, breaking the record set the previous day on Saturday, September 3.
• A new night session attendance record of 23,352 (sellout) was set on Friday, September 2 and matched on Saturday, September 3.
• First week traffic on USOpen.org was a first week record of 14.1 million visitors, doubling last year's first week record, and nearly equaling last year's 15.4 visitors for the entire 2004 tournament.
• Each visitor returned to the site an average of six times during the week.
• Average length of stay totals more than 70 minutes for each unique visitor and access to live scores including the new IBM Point Tracker is the site's most popular area.
• Merchandise sales hit record first week levels.
• On-site merchandise sales are at record levels, up 17%.