US Open allowing 100 percent spectator capacity at matches

A U.S. Open tennis match in 2016
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The U.S. Open tennis tournament will return with 100 percent capacity later this summer after no spectators were allowed last year amid coronavirus concerns.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced on Thursday that tickets for all courts and games are set to go on sale next month, according to The Associated Press. This year’s tournament will be held from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12 in Flushing Meadows in New York City.

The tournament marks the first Grand Slam event to welcome fans at 100 percent capacity for all matches since the Australian Open in early 2020, according to the AP.

More than 700,000 people attended the U.S. Open in 2019.

The recent French Open welcomed a limited number of fans. Wimbledon officials announced that they will welcome fans initially at 50 percent, but capacity will be increased to 100 percent by the July 10-11 closing weekend.  

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced earlier this week that the state reached its goal of vaccinating 70 percent of adults against COVID-19. 

Cuomo on Twitter shared that the milestone “means we can return to life as we know it,” adding that a slate of pandemic restrictions would be lifted. 

The Hill has reached out to the U.S. Tennis Association for comment.

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