Lessons from a Tennis Addict on a Quest to Become a USTA 4.5 Player
For first-timers, this area would be my top recommendation. Corner sections are also widely considered to be highly desirable — and for good reason. They carry many of the same advantages of the above, with the added benefit you can see the player on your side of the net from the front as their hitting the ball not just the back.
As a serious player myself, I personally love sitting courtside as close as possible in lower rows of sections where seats are practically on the court , perpendicular and near to the actual baseline e. I feel the speed of the game. In these seats, I personally enjoy watching one player at a time sometimes to see their footwork, how they prepare for the next ball, etc. I took the video of Federer I included in my post from this perspective from section If considering Loge or Promenade seats in Ashe, I generally recommend prioritizing seats that are in lower rows regardless of location — simply because Loge and especially Promenade are already quite high up to begin with.
For Day sessions , I urge folks to factor in potential shade benefits seats on West side, SouthWest, and Northwest tend to get the most shade relief. See FAQ 4 above. See this photo for example. Do not drive unless you really have to. Be sure to review this list of prohibited items before going! To help clarify some common confusions:. I went and it was a thrill to sit courtside at Ashe and to cheer on the incredible wheelchair athletes.
Especially if you have Ashe Courtside seats and need to leave early — there will always be die-hard fans waiting just outside the exit from the Courtside level hoping someone might pass along their ticket when done! This post has gotten long over the years to include many more details—so below is an outline with shortcuts to help you find what you need more quickly:.
What do I get for each type of ticket? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. I just wanted to thank you for putting this gold mine of information together and for keeping it up. Sep 13, Hey Thane, fantastic to hear it has been helpful! Excited for you to come for the first time. Let me know if you have questions as we get closer! Neil Sep 11, We went to the Open last week and the information here was amazing.
Especially the shade map!!! Wow it was a hot one. Took and uber day 1 and the LIRR was much easier and faster day 2. We did four sessions in a variety of seats.
The promenade seats were not bad at all in the lower rows. We did two session in Loge. One sideline, one baseline. And a note for smokers, the grounds are non-smoking, but you can exit and re-enter. Sep 11, Hey Neil, thank you very very much for taking the time to share all this. Great info, super helpful! VS Sep 10, Thank you so much for all the information you provided. It was an awesome experience and this Texas girl is on cloud nine still!
Best of luck with your tennis addiction! Sep 10, Mirjana Vidojevic Sep 08, Thank you so much for such a detailed explanation of everything one needs to know before and after buying tickets for US open. I would like to attend mens finals tomorrow but my budget is very limited. Any idea what does it mean and is this allowing me to enter Ash and watch the finals?
Sep 08, Please check your email for a personal reply from me. Dan Lachman Sep 08, PJ, thanks so much for helping to make our first grand slam such a great experience. We spent the day on Sunday the 2nd, Armstrong for the day session, and Ashe at night. Armstrong was fantastic, we could see and hear everything except for the PA, which needs some work. After seeing Thiem take out Anderson, was not surprised that he gave Rafa such a great match, and seeing Isner and Raonic serve from up close was amazing.
Hey Dan, such a pleasure! Thank you so much for letting me know, and very glad to hear you had a great time!! Bonnie Sep 08, We saw matches on Sunday September 2 in Louis Armstrong and had a great time. I agree the stadium is really nice, not too big, and plenty of shade where we sat section 4 courtside after PM, although it was a bit hot and sunny earlier.
I brought a hat and plenty of sunscreen that I reapplied frequently. We took the LIRR from Penn Station and that went great — everyone else on the train was going to the Open and we had some nice conversations along the way. By the way we arrived around We were in the bag search line and only waited one minute. But the man ahead of us tried to bring in a small backpack and they would not let him in.
My purse, almost the same size was fine. I even managed to bring a granola bar. This was a once in a lifetime trip but I am thinking maybe about going back next year! Again, thank you for your help. And thanks a million for sharing your experience — super helpful to me and fellow fans.
Hope to cross paths again next year! Jun Sep 08, Hi PJ, Thank you so much for your blog, lucky enough to have a person like you who can guide these all together. Do you have any suggestions for tomorrw final on sunday? In case the game is cancelled, and Monday will rain harder… Please advise.
Hi Jun, my pleasure, thank you! Thankfully Ashe stadium has a roof that can close in the event of rain, so the match will be played no matter what! Melanie Sep 08, PJ, Thank you so much for this post! Melanie, thank you so much! Good luck and let me know how it goes! Nina Sep 08, Ended up finding courtside seats for dollars at around 2pm!!
Was so sad to see Rafa retire, but so happy for Delpo! Ps you were right. Getting an Uber back to manhattan is the worse. Took us forever to walk to the pickup area and there was a line of over a hundred people. LIRR is definitely the way to go. Thanks so much — yes, I noticed too. But how great you ended up getting those courtsides for yesterday!! And also super excited for the matches today and tomorrow.
Yes, Rafa and Delpo, so sad to see him have to retire, but wow the matches Rafa endured and worked through to get to the Semis. I found myself unable to decide on who to cheer for in the finals, I wanted both the Djoker and Delpo to win. The good thing was that it was pretty much a guarantee of excellent tennis. Michael Sep 08, I can now cross attending a grand slam off my bucket list!
It was a tremendous experience, thanks in no small part to your guide. A few small contributions: Wanting to see the superstars my first time, I went for Ashe tickets both days, but I could definitely see getting a courtside Armstrong seat on a return trip. I had seats about midway up corner loge my first day; 5th row promenade on the north side my second day. Thank you so much!! Kelley Sep 07, Last time I wrote, I was telling you we were planning to be there last Monday night, Sept 3.
I was trying to find good seats for me, my husband, and son. Finding good seats for three was a challenge. Three seats for a decent price came up in section 60, and you quickly notified me about them.
Thank you so much for helping me fulfill my US Open dream. It was way beyond cool! Sep 07, Kelley, I am so very very! You made my night, thanks so much. Hope to reconnect again next year and wishing you all the best in the meantime! Pepper Sep 07, Desperate measures to find tkts for tomorrow — Williams vs Osaka — Ashe Statdium 12noon tickets any leads for some cheap and bleeds seats? Please, please respond with any leads and help you can provide………. Hi Pepper, My best recommendation is to keep refreshing the Ticketmaster page for that session up and continue to check right up until the last minute.
And with Ticketmaster, you are guaranteed no hassle and instant delivery of a mobile ticket. So in short, you can go out there, keep checking, and get your ticket then just get in line and go in. Cindy Sep 07, I ended up sitting next to 3 professional squash players from England! Luckily they were rooting for Djokovic as well. I will definitely save this website for future, and longer, trips to the US Open! Cindy, how awesome to hear from you and about your experience!
Thank you so, so much for looping back to let me know and share those great details. Look forward to staying in touch. Cindy Sep 09, It should be a great match! Are you lucky enough to be there? I looked at tickets 4 times, but decided against it. I am going to try to go to Miami or Indian Wells.
Shirley Fraser Sep 07, Hello, love your advice! Four of us went earlier yesterday because of you saying about the earlier matches and we had a blast!! No big deal, but thought it might be worth saying in your travel tips.
Thank you again, so much!! Thank you for this wonderful resource and being speedy with the responses, as well as your helpful message regarding bringing my parents! And although it was more than I originally intended on spending and the resulting sunburn on my arms from just 40 minutes in the sun, it was all well worth it to treat my parents to their first live games at the US Open!
Hey there, thank YOU! Zenith Sep 06, Is it worth it? Sep 06, Less fan-friendly than Henman Hill at Wimbledon. Shay Sep 06, Steve Barry Sep 06, Hi PJ, great site! I have grounds passes for Friday. Will they allow that? Also, any best practices to keep in mind for someone with only grounds passes for the mens semis? I think a blanket to sit on would probably be fine as long as it is reasonable size but definitely not a chair. If you are a player, you will be astounded seeing the quality of those matches up close and learn a lot.
Maria Sep 06, Hey PJ, You really did a great job, everything is super clear even for someone like me that has never attended an event like this! Would these tickets allow you to enter both matches? Is there a way to know who will play first? Would you recommend buying tickets form Ticketmaster or wait until tomorrow when we arrive?
Hi Maria, thank you! Yes indeed, your ticket gives you access to ALL matches tomorrow. If you buy at the last minute, strongly! You are guaranteed no hassle and instant delivery of a mobile ticket. Ben Sep 06, I was interested in seeing the doubles semis today, however they only tickets that can be bought are the womens singles at night in arthur ashe. So, how do we get tickets to watch the doubles during the day? Just show up at Noon today and have a blast!
Please do consider stopping by to see some wheelchair play as well and support those athletes. Remarkable group of players. Christie Sep 05, Wish I had read this earlier! Did I just buy tickets to enter the grounds, but not see any matches? Sep 05, You can also watch Ashe matches with others on the big screen outside Ashe. Suzanne Sep 05, Wish I had read this earlier.
If not, the location in Ashe is on the club level…can anyone purchase from that location on the club level? Mary Sep 05, I just returned home from attending my first US Open. Your tips were invaluable! We planned our visit around your suggestions — arrived around 10am by the LIRR with virtually no line up for security.
We made sure our bag was the right size. We brought our lunch and water bottles to refill at the stadium prices were steep. Our tickets were for second and third round matches — day session in Arthur Ashe. The seats were very high but shaded in the section but it was fine. Arthur Ashe tickets were certainly the way to go. We watched matches with Federer, Nadal, Sloane Stephens and more.
I had an incredible time and a large part of it was due to you! Thanks again from Toronto. Mary, thank YOU for being so kind as to take the time to write and let me know about your experience! Lucas Ribeiro Sep 05, I have one question: Hey Lucas, great question.
If you end up seeing mixed, please cheer loudly for my friend Bethanie Mattek-Sands and her partner Jamie Murray if they make it through… Bethanie is an absolutely amazing person and no one works harder in tennis. She just came back from the worst knee injury and is playing great. Loretta Zanier Sep 04, What is the things people in the seats have in their ears it is white with a ribbon or something hanging from their ear.
Sep 04, LOL — great question. If you have an AMEX card, you can get one for free on site: Fred Sep 04, My wife, daughter, and I saw our first U. Open matches in person on Day 1 of the tournament and had a great time, in large part because of your advice. We purchased tickets for the day session on Louis Armstrong on the ticketmaster resale site and sat about 6 rows up in Section 9 on the north end.
We had great seats for matches with Sloane Stephens and Andy Murray, among others. We had some sun at the start, but as you noted, the shade soon moved over — the seating image was extremely helpful! We also enjoyed the outer courts at no extra cost.
Looking forward to returning next year. Hello Fred, many many thanks in return for writing and sharing that! Hope to reconnect next year! Trev Sep 04, I saw a comment where you listed a few different boxes.
Do you recall what the standard box numbers are and run numbers? Would really love to sit near! Hi Trev, this year they have stuck to and for players boxes — but in previous years they had used some around too so I included that in a previous reply just in case.
Andy Sep 04, One thing to add, you mention that you have to get in the premises before 6 PM for day ticket holders. Robert Socolow Sep 04, What is the benefit of arriving tomorrow Sept 5 at 9: I have seats A 11 and 12 in Section in Ashe. But I think many people would like to know more about whether to arrive as early as possible.
Hi Robert, not at all necessary. Lines will not be bad to enter, and pressure for seats on outer courts will be minimal. Recommend you go see Jamie Murray dubs match on Grandstand at 11 for a bit before entering Ashe at noon. Lucas Sep 04, Thanks for all your great knowledge and advice. Had a great time this past weekend as I thought it would be my only chance to go this year.
However, I am lucky enough to have a break from work to go tomorrow Wednesday for the day session. Prices look really cheap and it appears there are lots of standard tickets available. Can I show up tomorrow around 11 am to the box office to purchase tickets? Or should I buy something ahead of time? And yes indeed, given the way things have panned our for matches tomorrow you should have no prob if you go to box office in the am. My only strong advice: Rich Sep 04, PJ…I went to US Open for my first time and wanted to just say thanks to you for putting all this together.
It was valuable information and helped me have a day that i enjoyed. I ended up with Sunday cheap Ashe day tickets and evening Ashe good seats. Just two things to mention…1 I spent way to much on drinks during the day but hung out at the Mojito bar where I ran into a few celebs. Recommend getting there early for those big matches.
Cindy Sep 04, You are so right about it being like the stock market! Without a day session ticket I cannot get in, correct? Trying to plan my day. That Millman Nole match should be amazing I may head out myself now that prices are more reasonable to cheer on Nole — was there yesterday afternoon too, and very vocal: Tom Sep 04, I hedged my bets and bought quarterfinals tickets to both nights, particularly hoping to see Fed.
With prices so high, I was tempted to even resell and subsidize my costs of attendance this past weekend. Anything can happen, as we saw last night. Thanks for all your help!!
Sophie Sep 04, Hi PJ, thanks a lot for all your precious advices on this page. Stefan Lundmark Sep 04, Hi PJ and thanks for the info I got a couple of weeks ago, it was very helpful.
I would just like to submit a few thoughts I have looking back at my time at the open. This was my first time at the open, I have previously attended the French open and Wimbledon several times.
Generally I was impressed and very pleased with the tournament and the only glitches is lack of discipline in the crowds with people coming and going during play and talking during play.
I have never been to nearly as many top player games being able to sit so close, simply loved baseline seats in court 17 and court That being said, the new Armstrong arena is super. Having an arena like that, with a roof, available for all grounds ticket holders makes me want to come again.
Had row A baseline, magnificent! I still think that prices for Armstrong are too expensive, specially for the night sessions, tough that so many people lost so much money in resale. I attended all sessions from Monday night to Saturday night, finishing of with Cilic against De Minaur, which turned out to be my favourite match of the tournament, followed by Kevin against Shapovalov, and Isner v Jarry.
Although I am not a big fan of Isner that game was electric! I will be back and will be extending my trip with one more day next year. And thanks a million for sharing these great impressions and experiences! So glad you had a great time and look forward to connecting again next year. Chandrasekhar Malladi Sep 04, I had a question and was trying to see if you could help.
I have a ticket for Ashe on Sept 7th. Does that mean I will get to watch both the Mens Semifinals and the Doubles match?
Would appreciate your response. Hey there, thanks so much! Nancy L Walden Sep 03, I was in NJ from NC for a college soccer game this weekend, and this site gave me the courage to spend a day at the Open, my first. It was a day I will never forget. I bought a Grandstand ticket, but then checked the Schedule of Play the day before, and saw that Nadal was to play in Ashe.
I sold my Grandstand ticket, bought one in Ashe, and enjoyed. The entire experience was amazing. Any time it looked like there might be disappointment e. Thank you, thank you, and I hope to see you there next year! Sep 03, Hey Nancy, awesome to hear it worked out so well for you! Jim Courier is such a great guy, no? Hope to cross paths next year as well!
Nancy L Walden Sep 04, Willie Garvin Sep 03, Petter Sep 03, Ravi Sep 03, Tom Sep 03, I expected Fed to drive up prices a bit more. For tonight, Labor Day evening is always a bargain. So even with Federer, not as much demand as there would be for Fri-Mon Day if he were playing.
Likewise Sharapova not as big a draw as Serena. Had a pair of tickets and sold one for wayyyyy less than what I paid for last night. People are getting their kids ready for school the next day, and I had to battle a lot of traffic to come in. Since I sold the one ticket, I went to the match with the other. Up to this point, I enjoyed the matches at Grandstand and Court 17, and Armstrong… where I had a high row in courtside and row 1 of General Admission.
I actually saw Millman-Kukushkin from first row baseline on Saturday. I must say I love the small courts, since I was able to sit within the first 5 rows each time. But the Ashe experience is something else; the electricity in the building, and the chance to see the GOAT play in primetime.
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