Citi Open Enhances Fan Experience with New Events and Amenities

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World class tennis won’t be the only thing for fans to enjoy at this year’s Citi Open in Washington, D.C., running from July 28 to August 5 in Rock Creek Park. While the world’s best ATP and WTA players compete for more than $1.8 million in player compensation on the court, tournament sponsors and organizers have created an enhanced fan experience off the court through special events and interactive fan promotions.
In its first year as title sponsor, Citi is leading the charge with the “Citi Open Radio” program, which will feature live match updates from all courts and exclusive interviews with players and tournament officials. Citi will provide Citi cardholders with personal radios during the tournament, and fans will be encouraged to participate in the interviews through the tournament’s twitter handle, @CitiOpen.
Other fan attractions include an expanded Corona Beach Bar and photo booth located in the concession area, ping pong in the Lexus tent, live music from Rew Smith during finals weekend, daily sponsor giveaways and more.
This year’s special event lineup includes a culinary event headlined by D.C. Celebrity Chefs Bryan Voltaggio and Victor Albisu. The Corona Extra Alumni Night presented by Lexus is a tailgating party for college alumni emceed by HOT 99.5’s Sarah Fraser. Epic Cellars Wine Tasting Night presented by Lexus will give guests access to a wide variety of vintage wines and includes a toast with top ATP and WTA players. The full special event lineup includes:
• National Parks and Recreation Family Day, Saturday, July 28
• USTA Member Appreciation Day, Monday, July 30
• WTEF Pro-AM, Monday, July 30
• Chef Challenge with Bryan Voltaggio and Victor Albisu, Monday, July 30
• USTA Member Appreciation Day, Monday, July 30
• Corona Extra Alumni Night at the Net presented by Lexus, Tuesday, July 31
• Epic Cellars Wine Tasting Night presented by Lexus, Thursday, August 2
• Military Appreciation Day hosted by Geico, Saturday, August 4
• Box Seat Ticket Holder Appreciation Reception, Saturday, August 4
Onsite fan amenities include:
• Citi Open Radio
• Corona Beach House with photo booth
• Daily on-court promos with prizes
• The GameTruck featuring Wii, Xbox360, and PlayStation3 during Military Appreciation ?Day
• Rew Smith Band to play live music for the semifinals and finals
• Fast serve cage
• Ping Pong
For more information about the Citi Open, details on any special events or to buy tickets to the tournament or special events, please visit www.citiopentennis.com or call the tournament hotline at 202-721-9500. Single Session/Daily Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster. Tennis Center Box office opens Saturday July 28 at 9 a.m. Additional information can be found on Twitter @CitiOpen and Facebook: www.facebook.com/citiopen. ?An integral part of the sports and entertainment fabric of Washington, D.C. for 43 years, the Citi Open, a Lagardère Unlimited production, is owned by and benefits WTEF, a non-profit organization designed to help disadvantaged Washington, D.C.-area youth through tennis and educational programs. To learn more about WTEF and its programs, please visithttp://www.wtef.org/index.php.
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