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Sam L
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:19 AM
... this year!! So naturally, I plan to go a couple of days. Can you guys tell me how the tickets work. Like do you have grounds passes that you can buy on the day? Most likely I'll do this as I haven't thought about what I'll be doing yet.

When do the tickets go on sale?

woosey
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:26 AM
well, you have to wait until the official day the tickets go on sale. that would be later in the year - i'm not sure. maybe may or something like that. i don't remember. you should call them.

you can buy ground passes but i think they are for outer courts and louis armstrong. i don't think they are for arthur ashe, the big showcourt. you'd have to check on that.

obviously, tickets are also separated by day session and night session matches.

they also tend to release tickets periodically even after the initial on sale date. i went a few years ago and after calling a few times, i got tickets on arthur ashe, about the 5 row, night match on the middle sunday. they weren't cheap, but i don't regret it. it was a lot of fun.

you're getting an early start.

moon
Jan 8th, 2009, 10:55 PM
well, you have to wait until the official day the tickets go on sale. that would be later in the year - i'm not sure. maybe may or something like that. i don't remember. you should call them.

you can buy ground passes but i think they are for outer courts and louis armstrong. i don't think they are for arthur ashe, the big showcourt. you'd have to check on that.

obviously, tickets are also separated by day session and night session matches.

they also tend to release tickets periodically even after the initial on sale date. i went a few years ago and after calling a few times, i got tickets on arthur ashe, about the 5 row, night match on the middle sunday. they weren't cheap, but i don't regret it. it was a lot of fun.

you're getting an early start.

i think tickets go on sale to the general public in June. you can check usopen.org for the exact date. but if you're going in the first week (as opposed to the first weekend), then you can probably show up early at the box office that day.

Wannabeknowitall
Jan 9th, 2009, 06:06 AM
... this year!! So naturally, I plan to go a couple of days. Can you guys tell me how the tickets work. Like do you have grounds passes that you can buy on the day? Most likely I'll do this as I haven't thought about what I'll be doing yet.

When do the tickets go on sale?

You can buy ground passes on the day in the first week BUT with the US Open being so popular now, it's a big risk.

It could mean getting a ticket but not through ticketmaster but someone else who bought a ticket earlier likely to make a profit and whose waiting for someone like you to buy a ticket 3-4 times what it really cost.
I'm not talking about scalpers but the new "legal" way the US Open does things.

To me it's honestly a legal scalping, with the US Open not wanting to have to deal with :bs:.

In The Zone
Jan 9th, 2009, 06:23 AM
If you see a short hot guy with sunglasses, run away from him. He doesn't want you near him.

In The Zone
Jan 9th, 2009, 06:25 AM
You can buy ground passes on the day in the first week BUT with the US Open being so popular now, it's a big risk.

It could mean getting a ticket but not through ticketmaster but someone else who bought a ticket earlier likely to make a profit and whose waiting for someone like you to buy a ticket 3-4 times what it really cost.
I'm not talking about scalpers but the new "legal" way the US Open does things.

To me it's honestly a legal scalping, with the US Open not wanting to have to deal with :bs:.

I would buy the groundpasses in advance just to make sure you have one, like Wannabe says -- you can always just post them on the US Open trading section and sell them if you plan on not going on that day.

4 or 5 years ago, there would always be tickets available but the past 3 years, the US Open has had crazy attendance records. People crowd Court 13 and 14 and have no idea who or what they are watching!

Dawn Marie
Jan 9th, 2009, 06:29 AM
Get grounds passes early. You don't have to wait in line and you don't have to worry about tickets being sold out. If this is your first slam I suggest you save money and buy some good seats on Centur Court.
I just went to the Open in September, and had a ball. You get to see the players up close. I saw Amelie play her game and we were all so close to the courts. I even got lucky and saw Black and Young play on Center Court. We got lucky cause they allowed us go down to watch the match as folks left. Yet, i say buy tickets early and buy good seats. I think they sell in June. If you can't afford all good seats, just buy like 2 days good seats and 2 days some not so good seats. ALWAYS buy grownds passes. Most of the better matches are on the outside courts anyway, and grandstand. I saw Masha Kirilenko mentally lose her match in person.
I get lucky cause my sister works for Chase Bank, and they sponsor the Us Open.

Sam L, you'll have fun. enjoy.

Sam L
Jan 18th, 2009, 12:30 PM
well, you have to wait until the official day the tickets go on sale. that would be later in the year - i'm not sure. maybe may or something like that. i don't remember. you should call them.

you can buy ground passes but i think they are for outer courts and louis armstrong. i don't think they are for arthur ashe, the big showcourt. you'd have to check on that.

obviously, tickets are also separated by day session and night session matches.

they also tend to release tickets periodically even after the initial on sale date. i went a few years ago and after calling a few times, i got tickets on arthur ashe, about the 5 row, night match on the middle sunday. they weren't cheap, but i don't regret it. it was a lot of fun.

you're getting an early start.

Yeah I am. I know the dates and stuff but I haven't booked anything yet because this is just the first leg of my trip so I have a lot of planning to do. Thanks.

i think tickets go on sale to the general public in June. you can check usopen.org for the exact date. but if you're going in the first week (as opposed to the first weekend), then you can probably show up early at the box office that day.

Yeah probably just the first week, like maybe 2 week days. Because I want time to do other things in New York. Tennis is more a novelty, just so I can say I was there.

You can buy ground passes on the day in the first week BUT with the US Open being so popular now, it's a big risk.

It could mean getting a ticket but not through ticketmaster but someone else who bought a ticket earlier likely to make a profit and whose waiting for someone like you to buy a ticket 3-4 times what it really cost.
I'm not talking about scalpers but the new "legal" way the US Open does things.

To me it's honestly a legal scalping, with the US Open not wanting to have to deal with :bs:.

I would buy the groundpasses in advance just to make sure you have one, like Wannabe says -- you can always just post them on the US Open trading section and sell them if you plan on not going on that day.

4 or 5 years ago, there would always be tickets available but the past 3 years, the US Open has had crazy attendance records. People crowd Court 13 and 14 and have no idea who or what they are watching!

Get grounds passes early. You don't have to wait in line and you don't have to worry about tickets being sold out. If this is your first slam I suggest you save money and buy some good seats on Centur Court.
I just went to the Open in September, and had a ball. You get to see the players up close. I saw Amelie play her game and we were all so close to the courts. I even got lucky and saw Black and Young play on Center Court. We got lucky cause they allowed us go down to watch the match as folks left. Yet, i say buy tickets early and buy good seats. I think they sell in June. If you can't afford all good seats, just buy like 2 days good seats and 2 days some not so good seats. ALWAYS buy grownds passes. Most of the better matches are on the outside courts anyway, and grandstand. I saw Masha Kirilenko mentally lose her match in person.
I get lucky cause my sister works for Chase Bank, and they sponsor the Us Open.

Sam L, you'll have fun. enjoy.

Hey Dawn, yeah I want to buy centre court tickets. Centre court tickets also cover the grounds right? That's how it works at the Australian Open so just making sure.

Thanks guys, I'll keep a look out in June.

One more question how far is the tennis centre from Upper west side or near Broadway? Those are two likely places I might be staying unless if I crash at family friends? How long does the subway take from those places?

duhcity
Jan 18th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Take the 7 train to Shea Stadium.

And the tickets are all ground passes. But only one certain ticket gets you into Arthur Ashe, and another gets you special seats in Louis Armstrong.
If you plan on watching a match on Armstrong or Grandstand with a normal ground pass, I advise getting there early. Theres a very very very consistent crowd that sit in the nice shaded seats. Also if you want the top seats of Armstrong on one side overlooks LA and the top seats of LA look over Grandstand.

Also, if you truly want to see a player be logical. There werent any major rain delays so I was able to predict the days players would play and got to Djokovic and Roddick (didnt get no JJ :().

Night matches are fun but its not a great tennis crowd. They'll be quiet during points usually but it seems like everyone is multitasking while watching tennis, and the halls to get to the seats is like a club with people standing chilling flirting and what not.

Also you can go for those mini plans where you submit an application. you get the really upper upper seats but you get them to multiple sessions.

TDM
Jan 18th, 2009, 01:06 PM
Don't wait on line at Arthur Ashe for ground passes, its going to take you at least half an hour to get tickets that way. Instead, order your ground pass online and choose the option to pickup at the stadium. They'll let you cut the entire line since your a person whose going to pick up the pass.

dave1971
Jan 18th, 2009, 02:46 PM
you've never been to New York before? Are you living in some shack out in Kansas or something?

jjcrew#1
Jan 18th, 2009, 03:52 PM
Two years ago i went with my sister and we waited until we got there and tried to buy tickets for the whole first weekend. They were all sold out for the saturday but we got tickets for friday, sunday and monday. Your best bet would be to buy the tickets in advanced!

SharapovaFan16
Jan 18th, 2009, 04:28 PM
If you plan on staying a week, I recommend saving up your wad for what you consider to be the best set of matches on one of the main courts and go to that. When you aren't doing that though just get a pass so you can watch all the matches on the outer courts and such. You can still see some pretty good players and good tennis, if you are just willing to walk a little.

Philbo
Jan 20th, 2009, 09:45 AM
... this year!! So naturally, I plan to go a couple of days. Can you guys tell me how the tickets work. Like do you have grounds passes that you can buy on the day? Most likely I'll do this as I haven't thought about what I'll be doing yet.

When do the tickets go on sale?

Hey Sam, Im also planning on being in New York first week of the US Open! Wanna catch up mate and share some fun memories of the board? I think having a beer with you would be so much fun.

Note to sam - the above post is complete sarcasm. But I will be there. Hopefully we can avoid each other?