The United States Golf Association (U.S.G.A.) is planning to make 1,000 to 1,500 additional tickets available to the general public for each day of the week of the U.S. Open (June 15-21), TicketNews has learned.

Dave Fanucchi, U.S.G.A. director of communications/public relations, confirmed that a slowdown in corporate hospitality sales accounts for the greater number of tickets the U.S.G.A. can release to the public.

“Obviously, every U.S. Open at Bethpage has a capacity, as at any sports venue. When we determined that the tickets we had allotted to be sold for hospitality were not all going to be sold, it was an easy decision to make them available to other fans of the game,” Fanucchi said.

In a statement earlier this week, U.S.G.A. Executive Director David Fay said, “This is a chance for the U.S.G.A. to share more of the action at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black with our New York fan base. Since it will be a number of years until the U.S. Open returns to the New York area, we hope that New York sports fans take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of the U.S. Open experience.”

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Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be on sale Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the U.S. Open “Will Call” facility at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y. Practice rounds begin on the 15th, while the tournament begins on the 18th.