History

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.

The Stands at Forest Hills Stadium

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.

The Who grace the Forest Hills Stadium Stage

THE FOREST HILLS STADIUM HISTORY BLOG

Forest Hills Stadium has a deeply rich history that we celebrate. We’ve partnered with Michael Perlman, local Forest Hills Stadium historian, on this History Blog to dive into the moments that have made this renown landmark in Queens what is it today.

We have brought Michael and his wealth of knowledge on as our Stadium Historian which includes a new FHS History Blog. The blog will include direct interviews and newly uncovered archives of iconic and unknown performances from the past.

Michael is the author of “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park,” and Chair of Rego-Forest Preservation Council. He works as the coordinator of Forest Hills Tree Giveaways and is also a member of the Four Borough Preservation Alliance, Queens Preservation Council, Central Queens Historical Association, and the Committee To Save The Forum Diner/Cheyenne Diner/Moondance Diner.