More people will be able to watch tennis at The Queen’s Club than ever before during the Aegon Championships in 2017 with the tournament expanding its Centre Court capacity by 30%.
More than 2,000 additional seats will be added to the current 6,651 on the famous Centre Court.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), which owns the tournament, has also signed a new 10-year agreement to continue staging the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club, up to and including at least 2026.
The tournament was first staged at The Queen’s Club in 1890.
Tournament Director Stephen Farrow said:
In 2017, the Aegon Championships will be bigger and better than ever. Last year, we sold out within 24 hours and enjoyed a 20% increase in hospitality sales, so the demand for an increase in capacity is clear.
We have worked on these plans for a long time, and we are delighted that we can now move forward with our partners at The Queen’s Club via a new, long-term agreement to take the event to the next level and enable more people to attend than ever before.
The Aegon Championships has been broadcast live on BBC television and radio for more than 35 years and is an established part of the British sporting calendar.
The champion at The Queen’s Club has gone on to win Wimbledon in the same year on 22 occasions. The 22nd was Andy Murray in 2016.
Andrew Stewart, Chief Executive of The Queen’s Club, added:
The Aegon Championships is the highlight of the Club’s calendar and we are delighted to have secured this new agreement for the next 10 years. While the increase in capacity will allow more people to enjoy the event, both we and the LTA will ensure that the intimate atmosphere for which Queen’s is so well known will be retained.
The Aegon Championships, which has been voted Tournament of the Year by the players for the past three years, twice as an ATP 250 event, and also last year in the higher ATP 500 category, will be broadcast live in 2017 by the BBC and Eurosport in the UK.
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