Tips on visiting the US Open
So every year people always make threads asking about visiting the open, so I thought I might as well share some open.
I'll be going to college this year, so I sadly won't be going to the Open for the first time in awhile, so I thought I'd share some tips.
1. Craigslist is your friend. A lot of people who buy Mini Plans sell day session Arthur Ashe tickets for the first week (until the weekend) for about 35-40 dollars, cheaper than the Grounds pass and it gives you access to Ashe.
2. If you want to sit in the shade all day on the Grandstand, get there early. Those seats (the ones under Armstrong) fill up fast.
3. Take the subway. Seriously, why would you drive?
4. If you've never been to New York, it can be very hot in the morning and freezing at night, especially in Ashe. Wear light, but bring a sweater.
5. All the food sucks. Leave the Tennis center (get stamped, this is important! It gets you back in, and its important later too) and take the subway one stop to flushing. Great chinese and korean food, cheap as well. 2 minute subway ride.
6. Are the ushers telling you Armstrong or Grandstand is full? You can enter Armstrong through the Grandstand or the Grandstand through Armstrong.
7. If you have an American Express card, you get a free earpiece thing.
8. The practice courts suck as the US Open. Im serious. The fences are tarped, the old views from a court are now blocked, and the area when the player leaves is very cramped. Hard to get an autograph. I hear through the grapevine some lower ranked pros practiced at Queens College last year, but not confirmed.
9. Li Na, Zheng Jie, and Peer matches are very fun. So are the Aussie matches. Very active player support. Never been to a James Blake or Querrey match. Don't plan to.
10. If you can get into a Night Session, go. They're so much fun, especially if Andy (Roddick) is playing. Depending on your luck, everyone around you will be getting wasted. And that can be a good, or bad thing. (I recommend pregaming, if you're doing only Night Session.)
11. Cirstea is super nice. Watched her play Morita last year, and she signed every ball and took pictures afterwards. Saw her walking on the grounds a few days later, and she was glad to stop and talk (wasn't recognized by many people). My friend talked to Carsten Ball too apparently.
12. This is creepy, but on some of the smaller courts, the ballboys will hang the players towel on railings in front of seats. Some of you might like that, I don't know. Sat right in front of Rybarikova/Chang's towel last year.
13. How to get into a night session without a night session ticket: If you're there the whole day, leave once and get stamped. Then reenter. A LOT of people will leave after or near the end of the first match (especially if its the mens). When they exit Ashe, you can ask for their tickets. Eventually, someone will give you their tickets (at least I always get them). If the seats are in the uppertier, and your not happy, enter Ashe (you need a stamped hand to reenter Ashe with used tickets) and go up the right escalator. On the first landing, the area beyond the roped off areas will be the luxury suite and court side tickets entrance area. Wait there, and again ask people for their tickets. Once you get them, you can enter the roped area you'll have courtside seats. Last year, I got Federer/Serena, and Common and Jeremy Piven were both there as well.
14. Look at the schedule and print it the night before. If you're at a match before it starts, you're guaranteed to have courtside seats.
15. Avoid those large tennis balls. And the Polo store. Rather, all of the stores. All of it can be found cheaper elsewhere. Although, I think those white balls in the window are really cool, and I always take one every year.
16. Go to qualifying! It's really great, and free.
17. There are some random days. I know they gave out Oikos Greek yogurt and Oikos Yogurt flavored chapstick last year on "Oikos Yogurt Day". But free stuff, I'm not complaining.
I'll post more when I think of them.
Hope this helps guys!