USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is an American stadium complex located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City. It has been the home of the US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament played every year in August and September, since 1978. It is operated by the United States Tennis Association. The facility has 22 courts inside its and 11 in the adjoining park. The complex's three stadiums are among the largest tennis stadiums in the world, with Arthur Ashe Stadium topping the global list with a listed capacity of 23,200. All 33 courts have used the DecoTurf cushioned acrylic surface since the facility was built in 1978.
The Community Tennis Development Program at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center promotes and develops the game of Tennis for youngsters and the general public through Tennis Clinics and Development; Tournaments; Summer Camps and Teaching Programs. It is estimated that over 100,000 individuals utilized the facility in 2017. See Schedule O for further discussion of this program service activity.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center provides the facility used for holding the US Open Tennis Championships, open to male and female professional and amateur tennis players. NTC's exempt purposes includes operation of tennis facilities, part of which includes the US Open. In 2017, the US Open approximated 700,000 fans in attendance for the eighth time in nine years.
In accordance with the New York City lease and in furtherance of its charitable purpose of lessening the burdens of the goverment of the City of New York, the NTC is available for recreational events, ethnic and community festivals, scholastic athletic events and other public spectator events. The facility is a largely year-round public facility for the people of NYC.