The New York Open hopes to beat last year’s record attendance

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NEW YORK, March 7, 2015 – The annual New York Open Judo Team Tournament will be held on March 29, 2015, and the organizers are hoping to beat last year’s record attendance. 

The annual event held at the famed New York Athletic Club has always attracted attention due to the presence of some of the strongest players in the world.   The tournament has featured World Champions and Olympians from around the world, and they didn’t always win.

In 2011, the New York Open changed to a team competition format and modernized the production.  “We added a DJ, lighting, and bar for a broader appeal than just the judo community”, says Treasurer Richard Furlin.  Since then attendance has risen every year.  

Last year, the tournament drew 4,121 into the gym at the New York Athletic Club.  “It was tight, but the intimacy aided the excitement” says Mr. Furlin. 

“This year we’re hoping to expose more spectators and children to this wonderful sport. 

About the New York Athletic Club  
Founded in 1868, the New York Athletic Club's founding premise was to bring structure to a sporting environment that was lacking in organization and uniformity of measurement. The NYAC was voted the #1 Athletic Club in the US, the #1 Private Club in New York State and Distinguished Emerald Club of the World, 2013.