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kz
Mar 23rd, 2007, 11:12 PM
I'll be going to New York this year, and I'd like to know...is it better to buy the tickets in person, or to order them in advance?
I'll be going on day 1, grounds pass ticket, about 3 or 4 people.

kz
Mar 28th, 2007, 03:12 AM
Oh and...how much are Arthur Ashe Kids Day tickets? Or to just go there and see players practice and such on that day?

Any info would be appreciated. :)

cometz9
Apr 10th, 2007, 11:33 PM
grounds passes are never sold out so u can buy them once u get there but might want to purchse them online or ticketmaster outlet to avoid lines at the USTA Tennis Center

i thought it was free admission for kids on Arthur Ashe Day but they might charge adults, i'm not positive.

Have u checked the US Open website for more information?

kz
Apr 15th, 2007, 12:05 AM
Oh ok, guess i'll pre-order then.
Yeah I checked the website...don't think they really have much, rather ask in forums.

Thanks for replying though :)

rrfnpump
Jun 15th, 2007, 08:04 PM
Hey :wavey:

I will be in NYC in the first two and a half weeks of the US Open and therefore want to visit the Open on two days (probably Monday and Tuesday of the first week). The problem is, I don't know how to get tickets. It doesnt seem like German Ticketmaster (Kartenhaus) is offering them and when I got that right Ticketmaster doesnt purchase tickets to Non-Americans. Is there any other possibility to get tickets for the Open or am I supposed to wait and just buy the tickets when I am in NYC. It would be better to have the tickets in advance though. Any ideas? :shrug:

Thanks ;)

vw.
Jun 18th, 2007, 03:38 AM
For anyone who's been to the Open or is a ticket specialist ;)

I'm gonna go to my first grand slam this summer! (:woohoo:) I've got Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for the Day Session on Wednesday. Am I able to browse the grounds and see all the other matches with these tickets if I want to opt out of Arthur Ashe Stadium?

Thanks! :wavey:

kz
Jun 18th, 2007, 06:16 PM
^Yep, you can still browse around with Arthur Ashe tickets. You can go anywhere with those. :)

Williamsser
Jun 26th, 2007, 10:27 AM
Hey :wavey:

I will be in NYC in the first two and a half weeks of the US Open and therefore want to visit the Open on two days (probably Monday and Tuesday of the first week). The problem is, I don't know how to get tickets. It doesnt seem like German Ticketmaster (Kartenhaus) is offering them and when I got that right Ticketmaster doesnt purchase tickets to Non-Americans. Is there any other possibility to get tickets for the Open or am I supposed to wait and just buy the tickets when I am in NYC. It would be better to have the tickets in advance though. Any ideas? :shrug:

Thanks ;)

I have no idea how to buy them in Germany. Have you tried the USOpen.org website?

njtennis11
Jun 27th, 2007, 09:28 PM
Of course you can, and I highly recommend going to the outer courts especially since you have tickets early in the tournament. You'll be able to get real close with outstanding seats on outer courts with top level players. Personally, my favorite court is the Grandstand, you can get seats in the first row(only one the first few rows of one side are reserved) and there are some top players there. I've seen Mary Pierce and Tati play there among others.

kz
Jun 29th, 2007, 03:28 AM
I've got another question!

I live in Canada, and when I was going to purchase the tickets online, there was only one option for Canadian customers saying:

"Your tickets will be mailed to your billing address and delivered no later than 48 hours before the event in a plain unmarked white envelope."

What exactly does that mean? If I purchase them now, when I receive the tickets, and will I receive them in time before I leave for New York?

fennelbird
Jun 29th, 2007, 06:37 PM
If grounds passes never sell out, why is Ticketmaster telling me they're sold out for 8/31 and 9/1? :confused:

rrfnpump
Jun 30th, 2007, 05:09 PM
I just purchased my tickets for Monday. :banana:
Actually, there is an option at Ticketmaster for International Will Call. I should have read more carefully, but now I got them. Thanks for your answer anyway, hingismart.

fennelbird... I dont think the ground passes are sold out for that day, maybe the amount Ticketmaster got are sold out. :shrug:

Williamsser
Jul 1st, 2007, 10:46 AM
I've got another question!

I live in Canada, and when I was going to purchase the tickets online, there was only one option for Canadian customers saying:

"Your tickets will be mailed to your billing address and delivered no later than 48 hours before the event in a plain unmarked white envelope."

What exactly does that mean? If I purchase them now, when I receive the tickets, and will I receive them in time before I leave for New York?

They usually send them out in mid-July. If you haven't received them in July, then you should call them.

Williamsser
Jul 1st, 2007, 10:48 AM
If grounds passes never sell out, why is Ticketmaster telling me they're sold out for 8/31 and 9/1? :confused:

Are you sure you clicked the right ticket? It should never sell out.

Williamsser
Jul 1st, 2007, 10:48 AM
I just purchased my tickets for Monday. :banana:
Actually, there is an option at Ticketmaster for International Will Call. I should have read more carefully, but now I got them. Thanks for your answer anyway, hingismart.

fennelbird... I dont think the ground passes are sold out for that day, maybe the amount Ticketmaster got are sold out. :shrug:

You're welcome. I'm glad that you purchased the tickets! :)

kz
Jul 1st, 2007, 11:57 PM
They usually send them out in mid-July. If you haven't received them in July, then you should call them.

Alright thanks! Yeah mid July should be fine. :)


But does anyone know how much tickets cost for Arthur Ashe Kids Day? I checked ticketmaster, and there's 2 options of either $10 or $20, I was thinking $20? And it seems to be limited on ticketmaster, could I buy it in person or is that stretching it?
EDIT: nevermind, I've decided not to go to Arthur Ashe Kids Day afterall...

penguinbw22
Jul 11th, 2007, 07:06 PM
I'm moving up to North Jersye the week before the Open starts and I was hopign to get tickets for the first week, but no sucess so far.

*timtams*
Jul 12th, 2007, 04:24 PM
anyone know where is cheap but not a hostel/backpackers and is fairly easy to get to tennis from in NY? I figure i can get ground passes first week, i dont care about big names on ashe or armstrong, and am not willing to pay the prices....
You can take a backpack in right? but i have to queue for security etc to search thru your bag etc???

Chris_G
Jul 12th, 2007, 08:45 PM
You can take a backpack in right? but i have to queue for security etc to search thru your bag etc???

Nope, backpacks/knapsacks have been on the USTA's banned list for the past few years and they really do turn you away if you try to bring one in. Bags "must be a single compartment and cannot be larger than 12Wx12Hx16L." They only allow one per person and it does get extensively searched. Unless you use the speed line (for those without bags), getting through the entrance at the Open is a much more time consuming hassle than it was before 9/11.

rrfnpump
Jul 13th, 2007, 08:51 AM
Nope, backpacks/knapsacks have been on the USTA's banned list for the past few years and they really do turn you away if you try to bring one in. Bags "must be a single compartment and cannot be larger than 12Wx12Hx16L." They only allow one per person and it does get extensively searched. Unless you use the speed line (for those without bags), getting through the entrance at the Open is a much more time consuming hassle than it was before 9/11.

Oh, good to know. But I can take a camera+stuff with me? :unsure:

So what do you think is the best time to go to the venue when the gates open at 10am to avoid long queueing? And do you know when the Box Office opens, because I have to get my tickets that I purchased from Ticketmaster.

Thanks. :)

*timtams*
Jul 13th, 2007, 10:32 AM
ahhh cheers chris_g must find a bag with only one compartment, :fiery: I have camera stuff too, sunscreen and food, thats it really. My camera is a digital slr and has a 200mm lense on it, its not quite somthing you can shove in your pocket....

Chris_G
Jul 13th, 2007, 04:49 PM
Oh, good to know. But I can take a camera+stuff with me? :unsure:

So what do you think is the best time to go to the venue when the gates open at 10am to avoid long queueing? And do you know when the Box Office opens, because I have to get my tickets that I purchased from Ticketmaster.

I've never had a problem bringing a digital camera into the Open. I pack the camera bag within the single compartment bag. They usually take it out and search it, but once they know it's just a camera, it's fine.

When the weather's nice, I've seen long lines at the front gate as early as 10:30, so it's a good idea to get there as early as you can. Besides, there are always a bunch of players practicing on the various outer courts during that 10 o'clock hour, so you have a chance to take some good pictures if you get onto the grounds before 11.

I get my tickets in advance, so I'm not sure when the box office opens. The "tickets FAQ" on the official US Open web site says 9 AM, but I don't know if that's during the tournament or just for now.

rrfnpump
Jul 13th, 2007, 05:21 PM
I've never had a problem bringing a digital camera into the Open. I pack the camera bag within the single compartment bag. They usually take it out and search it, but once they know it's just a camera, it's fine.

When the weather's nice, I've seen long lines at the front gate as early as 10:30, so it's a good idea to get there as early as you can. Besides, there are always a bunch of players practicing on the various outer courts during that 10 o'clock hour, so you have a chance to take some good pictures if you get onto the grounds before 11.

I get my tickets in advance, so I'm not sure when the box office opens. The "tickets FAQ" on the official US Open web site says 9 AM, but I don't know if that's during the tournament or just for now.

Thank you for the answer, Chris. I will bother you with some other issues when it comes closer. Like which sub to take to Flushing and sth. :p

kz
Jul 13th, 2007, 08:55 PM
Do they have a problem if you bring food in? I'd assume the restaurants are rather pricy....(how pricy though?)

Chris_G
Jul 14th, 2007, 05:46 PM
Do they have a problem if you bring food in? I'd assume the restaurants are rather pricy....(how pricy though?)

Food is allowed "in limited quantities." Hard to know exactly what that means, but they're definitely OK with you bringing in a couple sandwiches. I never set foot in the restaurants, but I'm sure they're on the expensive side. Even in the basic food court area, the prices are notoriously high. Something like $5 for a hot dog, $8 for a hamburger, etc.

kz
Jul 16th, 2007, 03:19 AM
Food is allowed "in limited quantities." Hard to know exactly what that means, but they're definitely OK with you bringing in a couple sandwiches. I never set foot in the restaurants, but I'm sure they're on the expensive side. Even in the basic food court area, the prices are notoriously high. Something like $5 for a hot dog, $8 for a hamburger, etc.

Alright, thanks for the info Chris!

Urgh, we've never really ordered tickets online before, hope we did it right, and I hope the tickets are coming this week...

rrfnpump
Jul 19th, 2007, 10:24 AM
If grounds passes never sell out, why is Ticketmaster telling me they're sold out for 8/31 and 9/1? :confused:

They have a new bunch of Tickets now available, I found some for 8/31 and 9/1. ;)

*timtams*
Jul 21st, 2007, 12:04 PM
so its deffo gonna be ok to get ground admission ticket for the first week, day by day, i dont mind the queues. (if i can manage to queue 6 hrs at wimbledon, i can queue at the us open)!
It says on ticketmaster they are $45 for the first day, does that include tax and can i pay by credit card etc (another stupid wimbledon rule is its cash only-thats why i am asking in advance)
Also.... is the us open known like wimbledon to be cold and rainy?......
any help you can give me is great

Chris_G
Jul 22nd, 2007, 05:50 PM
It says on ticketmaster they are $45 for the first day, does that include tax and can i pay by credit card etc (another stupid wimbledon rule is its cash only-thats why i am asking in advance)
Also.... is the us open known like wimbledon to be cold and rainy?......
any help you can give me is great

"Credit card, cash, certified check or money orders (no personal checks) are accepted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Box Office." American Express is one of the biggest sponsors at the Open every year, but I'm sure they also accept the other major credit cards.

Generally speaking, the first week of the Open tends to be hot and humid. (It usually gets cooler and windy during the second week.) The rain is unpredictable. There was a bunch in 2002 and 2003 and the second day was a washout last year. It's not a consistent problem like it is at Wimbledon, though.

vertigo
Aug 8th, 2007, 09:24 AM
Anyone know when the doubles events start? And what is generally the best day to go in the first week? I'm thinking Tues/ Wed.

Chris_G
Aug 8th, 2007, 11:32 PM
They've started the women's doubles on Wednesday for as long as I can remember. You used to get a few mixed matches on Wednesday, but that event seems to get underway on Thursday now.

The best day to be there is one where the weather's nice and it's not obscenely crowded...but both of those factors are tough to predict. Monday and Tuesday are nice because of the sheer volume: 15 courts of singles action to choose from, with play often going deep into the evening. Later in the week you get somewhat higher quality matchups and doubles. It depends on your personal taste, but the first four days all tend to be pretty good value.

sandv1
Aug 10th, 2007, 05:53 AM
I have some slightly different questions, but I figured that this thread was relevant enough not to start a new thread.

1) I want to go to some of the matches this weekend for the Los Angeles portion of the USO series. I got close to purchasing tickets through Ticketmaster, but the website indicates that they send tickets via standard mail. (hoo-boy) Well, that clearly wouldn't work, but I didn't see an option to have the tickets held at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Home Depot Center) for will call. Someone just mentioned international will call, but is there a way to do will call using Ticketmaster online (for locals)?

Today, I tried buying the same tickets at the closest in-person Ticketmaster outlet, but they said that (one or some of) the matches that came up were listed as sold out. (I don't know if the clerks really searched all that intensely or maybe the system stonewalled them. ...or maybe the clerks were confused? (shrugs) )

This first problem is more important for me to have solved if possible, but on a more related note I have another set of questions.

2) I'm actually scheduled to fly to the East Coast in a few days. I can't stay long enough to see any main draw matches at the USO because I have classes. :p Still(!), I wanna go see some qualis! :rocker2:

I understand that the qualis are free; is that right? Do I still need to get tickets and/or is it just first come, first serve? Also, is getting a hotel in the nearby portion of Queens/Flushing impossible? How much of a scramble is it to get settled without reservations? (I'd rather just figure things out as I go along although I don't know the Queens region of NYC as much as I know Manhattan.)

Thanks for any related info! :worship:

thetennisutopian
Aug 17th, 2007, 06:24 AM
I'm not sure if this has been asked, but does anyone know if Qualies is free?

rrfnpump
Aug 17th, 2007, 11:49 AM
I'm not sure if this has been asked, but does anyone know if Qualies is free?

Qualies is free as far as I know. ;)

AJZ.
Aug 17th, 2007, 03:49 PM
I've got five tuesday tickets for sale, see other thread :D

QUEENLINDSAY
Aug 21st, 2007, 07:16 PM
I just leraned today that I need to book additional hotels for my last 3 days of stay in NY.

Can anyone suggest a hotel that is worthy?
I might check in on Sept 1 then check out on sept 4.