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Julian.
Nov 5th, 2011, 04:11 PM
Istanbul Raises Attendance, Broadcast Bar
NOVEMBER 04, 2011

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LONDON, United Kingdom - The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - the 41st edition of the WTA's season-ending event which took place at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey from October 25-30 - registered the highest attendance in 12 years and set record broadcast and digital audience milestones for the tournament.

"The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships was an historic event in a new market, and having a full stadium of enthusiastic fans supporting our players at the WTA's crown-jewel finale has demonstrated the global reach and strength of women's tennis," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA. "Sold-out attendance is also a testament to the Ministry of Sport and Turkish Tennis Federation's efforts in executing, promoting and organizing this great event."

Total Championships attendance reached 70,824, with the average session visited by 11,804 fans. The Sunday finals (October 30, 2011) won by Petra Kvitova and the doubles team of Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond were watched by 13,676 fans.

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships broadcast more than 400 hours of live coverage in 164 countries through 22 international TV broadcasters, the widest reach of a WTA Championships to date. Among the broadcast highlights, the WTA's longstanding partner Eurosport once again telecast the Championships across its pan-European footprint. The previous high came last year at the WTA Championships in Doha, Qatar through coverage by 19 international broadcasters in 162 countries.

Additionally, Eurosport.com and ESPN3.com, among many others, offered live streaming web broadcast of all matches, and TennisTV.com brought fans not only matches but daily highlights, shot of the day, player interviews and additional features.

"To see people out there watching my match, so enthusiastic, while you never quite know what to expect when you come to a new city for the first time….I think the attention that the tournament has gotten and the respect that the players have received has been really incredible," said Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova added: "This is one of the biggest tournaments for us, and for it to be brought to Istanbul in one of the fastest-growing cities in the world is a big achievement, not just for us as tennis players but for the country itself, for the young girls and boys that are growing up that have watched the sport on TV that haven't had the opportunity to watch this type of tennis."

"I think these Championships was a good opportunity for us to grow tennis, not only in Turkey but all over the world. The crowd was amazing and they showed us great support," said Victoria Azarenka.

Raymond commented: "The crowds have been phenomenal. I have never played a doubles match in front of that many people, even at a Slam. They love their tennis here. They're proving that and that's a very important aspect of when you put year-end Championships on. This was definitely the highlight for me."

The WTA's official website offered fans daily highlight videos, player features, scores and photos and registered record traffic during the Championships. Unique visits and page views were up by 67% and 56%, respectfully, over last year's Championships results. The number of daily visits peaked on Friday, October 28, 2011 - the highest since September 2010.

Next year's TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships will take place in Istanbul on October 23-28, 2012.

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20111104/istanbul-raises-attendance-broadcast-bar_2256076_2505865

Break My Rapture
Nov 5th, 2011, 04:17 PM
In 12 years, so better than Madrid as well?

Julian.
Nov 5th, 2011, 04:21 PM
In 12 years, so better than Madrid as well?

Better than Munich, Los Angeles, Madrid and Doha

The Witch-king
Nov 5th, 2011, 04:26 PM
Enthusiastic crowds make such a difference.

Sammo
Nov 5th, 2011, 04:26 PM
I never thought it would work out this well :hearts:

Break My Rapture
Nov 5th, 2011, 06:07 PM
Better than Munich, Los Angeles, Madrid and Doha
Well topping Doha isn't that difficult. :lol:

Matt01
Nov 5th, 2011, 06:10 PM
That's because the tickets were cheap as hell. :shrug: It still was a good tournament, though.

jimbo mack
Nov 5th, 2011, 06:55 PM
Good to see something positive happen for the WTA - it's rare these days. Well done to the organizers for making it so suucessful - they should teach Doha, Beijing, Madrid and Moscow how to pull in the crowds!

stevos
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:54 PM
Great stuff. A positive for the WTA.
Hurry and enjoy this everyone, before you find a new way to hate on the tour.

Mr.Sharapova
Nov 5th, 2011, 08:36 PM
I think it was a smart move to lower the price for ticked :yeah:, I really enjoyed watching Tennis knowing that the stadium was full :yeah:.

They should change the color of the court though immediately :help:.

LightWarrior
Nov 5th, 2011, 09:02 PM
"The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships was an historic event in a new market, and having a full stadium of enthusiastic fans supporting our players at the WTA's crown-jewel finale has demonstrated the global reach and strength of women's tennis," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA. "Sold-out attendance is also a testament to the Ministry of Sport and Turkish Tennis Federation's efforts in executing, promoting and organizing this great event."



Then stop organizing events in Doha, Dubai, Beijing etc. and find places like Istanbul :rolleyes: I mean it's your fucking job !

Mistress of Evil
Nov 5th, 2011, 09:09 PM
:cheer:

Renalicious
Nov 6th, 2011, 01:36 AM
That's great. I think it was a good move to lower the prices like they did.

ExtremespeedX
Nov 6th, 2011, 02:23 AM
Just more proof that a tennis tournament needs "big" names to be successful. IMO the YEC final was much better match than grindfests like '07 where it took 10 minutes to hold serve once :shrug:

dany.p
Nov 6th, 2011, 06:48 AM
out of curiosity, how cheap were the tickets?

The Kaz
Nov 6th, 2011, 07:26 AM
out of curiosity, how cheap were the tickets?

US$10 for B seats and $20 for A seats for all sessions including the final day.

Six Feet Under
Nov 6th, 2011, 09:01 AM
I thought it would flop.
But the crowd was amazing :worship:

flyingmachine
Nov 6th, 2011, 09:15 AM
Good to see something positive happen for the WTA - it's rare these days. Well done to the organizers for making it so suucessful - they should teach Doha, Beijing, Madrid and Moscow how to pull in the crowds!

Oh yes indeed. :) So well done Istanbul. :yeah:

The Witch-king
Nov 6th, 2011, 09:25 AM
US$10 for B seats and $20 for A seats for all sessions including the final day.

How much were they before?

Daniel
Nov 6th, 2011, 09:31 AM
good news! Istanbul was a good choice for the YEC

tenn_ace
Nov 6th, 2011, 09:44 AM
Best YEC in a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time hand down.

J4m3ka
Nov 6th, 2011, 11:47 AM
Best YEC in a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time hand down.

I agree. People mocking the WTA for choosing Istanbul a few weeks ago should feel pretty stupid right now.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 6th, 2011, 11:53 AM
That's great news for the WTA and tennis in general :bounce:

Helen Lawson
Nov 6th, 2011, 12:10 PM
I'm glad they found a home for this tournament where people can appreciate it, it seemed to have lost its footing after leaving NYC.

I even am considering going next year, I've heard great stuff about Istanbul.

sammy01
Nov 6th, 2011, 12:11 PM
i'm happy for the wta that there were great crowds, but i cant help feeling it is just a smokescreen over the cracks and problems.

what the article fails to say is 12 years ago (1999) not only were the crowds bigger but the tickets were a heck of a lot more than £3 and £7. how did the wta go from 12 years ago pulling 70,000+ spectators at normal ticket prices to 2011, where there were dirt cheap tickets to get crowds in because the likes of doha ect couldn't get them in at normal prices.

it is only an achievement over the recent disasters the wta has gone through, but compared to the heyday nowhere close. lets get back to the time when a tier 1 was a million doallars and tier 2 500k so that some of those countries with actual womens tennis fanbases have a chance to put on tournaments, where we have a chance at great crowds and decent ticket prices.

the way the tour is going it just wont be sustainable if china and the middle east stop putting money in.

laurie
Nov 6th, 2011, 12:30 PM
That's great news. I went to the championships in Madrid in 2007 and the atmosphere there was great as well, and ticket prices reasonable.

2008 to 2010 in Doha was a bad choice, prestige of this great tournament has been restored and I suppose it's fitting that a new exciting talent won the tournament as well plus it was a good final.

Well done Istanbul :cool:

The Witch-king
Nov 6th, 2011, 12:49 PM
i'm happy for the wta that there were great crowds, but i cant help feeling it is just a smokescreen over the cracks and problems.

what the article fails to say is 12 years ago (1999) not only were the crowds bigger but the tickets were a heck of a lot more than £3 and £7. how did the wta go from 12 years ago pulling 70,000+ spectators at normal ticket prices to 2011, where there were dirt cheap tickets to get crowds in because the likes of doha ect couldn't get them in at normal prices.


Because the economy is not the same as it was 12 years ago?

sammy01
Nov 6th, 2011, 12:53 PM
Because the economy is not the same as it was 12 years ago?

very true, still football ect prices have either stayed the same or risen over the last couple of years. i know times are hard which is why i am concerned about the wta taking all this money from places but not building a sustainable fanbase.

the good thing about istanbul is that hopefully it will build a fan base and when the YEC move from there we could have a decent premier tournament that the top players will want to play and the crowds will want to show up to.

propi
Nov 6th, 2011, 01:29 PM
Take Peking filth slam and transfer to Istambul ASAP :cheer::cheer:
Bravo Turkey, no doubt Istambul will host Olympics really soon :D

tenn_ace
Nov 6th, 2011, 01:35 PM
I'm glad they found a home for this tournament where people can appreciate it, it seemed to have lost its footing after leaving NYC.

I even am considering going next year, I've heard great stuff about Istanbul.


It's a fantastic city. Stay near Taksim Square if you do - best part of the city in my opinion

Mary Cherry.
Nov 6th, 2011, 01:47 PM
:worship:

Monica_Rules
Nov 6th, 2011, 02:06 PM
Great news. Its better to have packed crowds paying a decent price than empty stadiums paying £50 a ticket