2013-07-03 / Features

Music Will Return To Forest Hills Stadium

By Jason D. Antos

The historic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium will see new life as a concert venue this summer. The stadium was once the setting for many famous entertainers including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel and The Who.The historic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium will see new life as a concert venue this summer. The stadium was once the setting for many famous entertainers including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel and The Who.After years of disrepair, the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium will hear the sounds of music once more. Opened in 1923, the stadium stands next to a group of grass and clay tennis courts and the clubhouse of the West Side Tennis Club, which owns the historic facility.
Club officials and a promoter have an agreement to hold 19 concerts over the next three years. The first will be Mumford & Sons on August 28.Photos Lyle WestonPhotos Lyle Weston
Although music fans and history buffs are rejoicing at the musical resurgence, the nearby Forest Hills Gardens community is still treading cautiously as to whether or not the concerts will be a noisy nuisance, the very reason that the stadium stopped having shows in the 1980s.
Although the stadium is still in bad shape, sources say that it will be ready in time for Mumford & Sons later this summer.
The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium has been host to many legendary performers, including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel and The Who.

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