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What is your solution to the low attendance in the stands?

I think back to New York or Florida were tennis is a hot-bed for tennis.

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I say cut the price of admissions for early rounds until the semi's.. I've seen tier III events with better attendance in the early rounds.

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They have to promote the tournament more. This is the first time that this tournament is being played here at this time, and people are not used to attending it or don't even know about it.
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How much are the ticket prices anyway?
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Smaller venue - that way it will fill up!

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Better promotion with some ads or commercials or something to let people know it's going on. Has there been any advertising anywhere in LA? Definitely lower ticket prices, specials for weekdays, free tickets for groups, or group specials. And lastly, a better web site wouldn't hurt. Basically the main problem is ticket prices IMO. I've never been to a tennis event, but I think the price here is $60+ for somewhat close seats (1 session), and that seems a bit steep for me.
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Number 1, you've got to put the word out early that the tour is heading to LA! Having a few players to come out a week or two early will not do it! You've got to advertise on TV; do radio spots; and the like!

Number 2, the early rounds match, during school months, have got to offer lower prices. You can not expect reasonable adults to pay upwards of 70 dollars (For good seats) for a match that, not only will be shown on tv, but also on the big screens outside of the Staple Center.

There is no rhyme or reason that an event in Southern California - with a population of 15 million people - should not be able to respond to this event. LA can support this event!
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LoL, i live in LA, and not many people are into tennis here. People are probably too busy saving money for Lakers/Clipper tickets than Home Depot Championships.

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move all the people who bought tickets to the best possible seat and sell the rest of the tickets at 10 $ each, you rather have some revenue tan seeing empty stands, it is depressing, and I bet it is depressing fro players as well, look at the standad of play in day session for all the three days

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From a business perspective, the local crowds are only a small part of the revenue. The REAL money comes from TV rights and corporate sponsorship (The reason the most NFL teams are successful). The Tour will still make a hugh profit!

Interestingly, you like to have a full house when you are showcasing your sport in front of the world! It's hard to explain the lack of interest when SOOOO many top players are American (Davenport, Serena & Venus have roots in LA).

Personally, i've always thought that Montreal or Toronto would be excellent choices for the event! Those 2 cities absolutely adore tennis. Hey, the cost of would be less (the American dollar is worth more) and the trip isn't that costly!
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1. Move the Championships to Australia or Europe
2. Make the Men's championships @ the same time, in the same venue (this would probably help to ATP more than the WTA, but it would still get more bums in the seats)
3. Decrease ticket prices
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All those may be right!

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1) Move it to Europe again
2) Decrease ticket prices so everyone can afford it
3) Again make the mens end of year at the same venue (thus will boost more people to watch both sexes)
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5) Allocate seating plans, best seats cost more, and other seats less
6) Advertise, Advertise, Advertise
7) Take door ticket sales
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People need to be made to realise that this is an important championship.

Perhaps the winner should receive a title that they could hang on to all year such as "WTA Tour Champion 200x", and the title should be promoted by the WTA throughout the year. The winner should be introduced at all tournaments under this title. Just as the computer "No 1" is always referred to as such.

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