While the it has been several decades since the decaying Forest Hills Gardens monument has seen any concerts; once home to legendary performances from Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, reports show the club plans to usher in 17,000 guests along the tightly woven Burns Street, between 71st and 69th Avenues.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevasi said he would support the concerts if the club can complete the necessary improvements that president Roland Meier estimates at roughly $2.5 million.
“I’m looking forward to working with the members of the West Side Tennis Club to help them generate revenue to make capital improvements to their facilities in a way that has the least negative impact possible on the surrounding community and out neighbors,” Hevasi said.
Meier has previously stated that the stadium’s revitalization efforts are anticipated to generate revenue for the club, offering members affordable annual rates.
The club plans to hold dozen concerts each year if all goes well.
Tennis stadium doors will open on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. as the show is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m., according to reports from the New York Times.
Queens resident Kathy Masi said she saw the Beatles and Pogues at the stadium years ago, and while she is in support of bringing more concerts back to the stadium, she said she worried there could be issues fitting large number of guests into the narrow confounds of the neighborhood.
“The traffic over the years has gotten really congested and they need to get it under control,” Masi said. “They should have a parking arrangement but I don’t know how they’re going to do it.”
One Forest Hills community source reported that there were discussions about the promoter pulling out of the deal on Monday due to a contract dispute. Roland Meier denied those claims Tuesday and said that all systems are go with the concert.