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Re: Planning to visit US Open 2013
If you're interested in the nuance of the game - the true pace, spins etc., the upper tier is not for you. For most fans of the sport however, seeing the ball go back and forth, who makes the winner who makes the error etc. is enough. I find it a good lunch spot - take a break, talk to your friends, with tennis in the background.
I always make lists of these things so I'm lazy to type a new one out but here's some key stuff
1. No backpacks.
2. Bring a water bottle, a large one preferably - you can refill them.
3. If it's what you want, you can get a stamp on your hand and go outside the tennis center to eat. There's cheap food in flushing a 2 minute ride away, and there are carts in the park selling park food. This year, I particularly liked the Tomato, Mozzarella, Pesto panini that was 9.50.
4. You can easily enter Ashe stadium after the first night match - ask someone who looks like they are leaving for their ticket and you can catch the second match. Obviously be discrete about it.
5. Avoid labor day weekend. Really.
6. Bring a phone charger if you plan on being there all day. This year, the Chase booths had outlets if you asked very nicely.
7. New York is hot and humid when you're in the sun. It can be just as hot as the Australian Open on some days if you're sitting right in the sun.
8. Reentry ends at 6pm.
9. Ashe ushers get off work at 9:45pm during night sessions. Varies depending on night and crowd control generally, but 9:45 is a good jump-off point.
And yes - the US Open is a particularly expensive sporting event. If you like to drink, you can easily spend 200 dollars a day on top of your tickets.
Last edited by duhcity; Sep 17th, 2012 at 08:20 PM.