In 1923, Forest Hills Stadium was constructed on open farmland. As the city rose around it, the venue became one of the cathedrals of tennis. It is the original home of the U.S. Open and Davis Cup, and was graced by champions.
In the 1960’s, a new inspiration took center court as the Stadium hosted a series of iconic concerts. The Beatles were helicoptered onto the grass courts for two consecutive sold-out shows in 1964. Barbra Streisand took a break from her role in Broadway’s “Funny Girl” to play a concert at the stadium that same year. Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Talking Heads, and The Who also shook the bleachers.
Musical programming continued into the 1990’s. Then, Forest Hills grew quiet for nearly twenty years.
In 2013, the revitalization began. Forest Hills Stadium underwent a complete structural overhaul, the first step on the path to return as one of the iconic American music venues. By August, the stadium officially reopened with a performance from Mumford & Sons.
Looking forward, Forest Hills Stadium hosts enormous crowds once again, with an increasing number of artists and fans returning year after year to create a new chapter in the stadium’s legacy.