Anyone going (or have been) to the US Open?

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  1. ATXtennisaddict

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    Anyone know the plan to have the best experience there? watch the first week (especially first few days)?
     
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    I went last year, and it is better early on, and i liked going to the outer courts, or anywhere but arthur ashe,
    and if you buy just grounds passes,
    you can probably make it into arthur ashe during the day, they only are strict about tickets at night or for a big match, like agassi last year.
     
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  3. ATXtennisaddict

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    do they have night matches outside of Arthur ashe stadium?

    seems they sell day and night tickets. Can I only buy one and use it if I stay throughout day and night?
     
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    I went Labor Day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in 2004. It was great! I had seats in either Ashe or Louie Armstrong every day and evening. During the day I'd alternate between watching the stadium matches and roaming the grounds. During the evening I stayed at Ashe.

    I think they had night matches at Louie Armstrong - but I don't remember for sure. I'm pretty sure they didn't on the outer courts.

    The only thing I'd do differently is that I wouldn't buy seats at Armstrong. At Armstrong they sell great seats courtside, but you can sit for free just a few rows back.

    If you buy seats at Ashe (and you should at least once) buy the best you can afford.
     
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    Can you buy grounds passes on the spot or is that something that I would need to buy in advance? I already have tickets for the night match on the 30th of this month, but I was hoping to go a few more days but not go into the stadiums. I was hoping that I could just show up and get in, so that I don't have to have things already planned the whole time that I'm in NYC and also so I don't have to pay the ridiculous fees/prices buying tickets online.

    Another thing--everyone from SF who is going is saying that they're not going to bring their racquets and take some time off from playing. Although, initially I had planned on bringing them, now I'm having second thoughts. I don't want to have to pay $7/hr to play tennis and it seems as though there is so much to do in NYC that I don't want to get too distracted by my tennis obsession (except for when I'm at the US Open). On the other hand I don't want to be antsy to get home and play while I'm there. Do you folks who have attended the U.S. Open in the past normally bring your tennis stuff with you? Is it a big costly hassle to play tennis in NYC?
     
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  6. Looking for advice. Coming over from scotland for us open - cant wait, have to pick up tickets at will call. What time should i give for queues (lines), heard it can take some time to get in. Mind you takes 5 hours at wimbledon so hopefully not that long. Thanks for any advice:)
     
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    $7/hour is a steal. Try $50/hour for indoor prime time during a cold winter, then we can talk about obsession.

    That said, I've been to the open, and specifically went for a walk by Central Park's har-tru courts just to see the scene during another visit to NYC. In neither case did I wish I had my stuff on me.
     
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    My girlfriend and I are going on Sep. 4 & 5 for the first time. She went last year and got rained out! Plus, all the grounds passes were sold out, so even if it hadn't been raining she couldn't get in (she just showed up on the first Saturday).

    This year we bought Ashe stadium tickets for Tuesday night (2 seats for $116) and Wednesday day session (2 seats for $145) - just did it yesterday (August 31) and for the night session couldn't get two seats together, so I think we were lucky! Day session ended up in the 300 series seats row K (together), so better. If you don't have tickets already you might want to try. I couldn't get any on-line with Ticketmaster, but called directly and they were able to find some seats. Of course there are the other ticket outlets, but you might be paying a premium.

    We both used to live in NY, upstate and myself in Manhattan, so I am used to the subway system and trains. When I called yesterday, Labor Day Weekend was completely sold out, including grounds passes. As mentioned above, Tuesday and Wednesday were better.

    Good luck you guys!
     
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    If I were to only play for an hour then $7 wouldn't be that big of a deal, but I normally play for at least 3 hrs a day, so:

    3 hrs x 9 days = 27 hrs x $7 = $189

    $189 on 9 days of tennis when I play for free most of the time and $5 for an hour and a half when I do have to pay. I think that I can find better ways to spend $189 on my first visit to NYC.;)
     
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    So far I'm only going on the first Tuesday (28th). Bought a really cheap ticket in Ashe ($50) which I won't use at all. Hoping I get a few invites to a luxury box or court side a couple of nights otherwise I wouldn't bother with Ashe at all

    As to matches going on at night outside of Ashe - usually the first week there are still matches going on on the outer courts after the night session starts and you can go to any of them with a day ticket. Sometimes they can go very late - especially it there has been a rain delay.

    Second week not as much as there aren't as many matches going on- though there is usually one or two scheduled for Louie (they'll put the creepy twins on there for example.) But if they get backed up because of rain it's still possible especially early in the second week they'll be matches around.
     
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    How long it takes to enter the grounds depends mostly on whether you carry a bag in with you as all bags are searched. There are bag and non-bag "speed" lines. The bag lines take forever while the "speed lines" move fairly quickly. I can't comment on how long the will call lines are as I've never waited in them.

    The full security procedures for the Open can be found at this link: http://www.usopen.org/visiting_the_open/fullstory.sps?iType=12169&iNewsid=288688
     
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    Roger Federer

    Does anybody know when Roger is going to play? I am going to NY from August 26 to August 30. I really want to see Federer. I guess he is going to play in the evening at Arthur Ashe.

    Lupitenis
     
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    My wife and I went to the Open last year. On the first day, we showed up at about 10:30 AM for the start of the 11:00 session. Unfortunately, my wife had brought her backpack style purse and we had to wait in the "bag" line. It took us about 45 minutes to get in, but we were still able to get great seats at the Grandstand court to see Djokovic verses Young. The remaining days that we came, we just stuffed everything we needed (sunglasses, money, sunscreen, etc) into our pockets and went through the no-bag "speed" line... and got in without any wait at all.

    Anyway, here is the thread I wrote after I got back from the Open last year:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=95426&highlight=Hack's+Open

    And here is a thread I thought was helpful when I was researching the trip:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=76147&highlight=US+Open
     
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    A day pass is good for as long as they are playing on outside (Non-Ashe)courts. A night ticket is only good for the two matches in Ashe. If you are going to buy tix today, I will guarantee pretty poor seats for you. Also, the design of Ashe stadium doesn't allow for "tipping" of the ushers to get closer. This process works great in Louis Armstrong or the Stadium.
     
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    I have loge seats for the evening of the 30th in Ashe and I am thinking on getting either grounds passes or the cheapest seats that I can find for a day or two more. This is going to be my first visit to NYC so I am sure that there is going to be a lot that I am going to want to do. For those of you have attended the US Open before, how many days of attendence have been neccessary to fill your fix? Do you all think that two days would be enough or do you think that I will be wanting to see more? Keep in mind that I'm typically the kind of person that can only handle so much of the general public--not a big fan of music festivals, street fairs, ammusement parks, etc.--but everyone tells me that I will have the time of my life, and I'm really looking forward to attending my first Grand Slam event.
     
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    I've tipped my way down the section below the bottom Lux boxes but haven't bothered since 2001 because there is no one I want to see that badly for an extra $50-$100. It helped too that I had the same usher for years.

    As to the poster who asked how many days - it just depends on the individual. I like the first couple opening days now (use to do all of Labor Day weekend - all seven sessions - but with the rain and stuff I bagged that a few years ago) and then a night session during the second week but only if I'm invited to sit in Lux Box.

    I don't find the Open overwhelming crowded but maybe because I've been going for years and lived in Manhattan, too.
     
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    It's not so much the number of people that gets to me--as I live in a fairly crowded city too--I just get burned out on the hassle that normally comes with big events: the lines, expensive food, not being able to move about freely, too much direct sunlight, chunky fannypack-toting *******ern families waddling around in water socks (I'm thinking more amusement parks/soulless tourist traps--shouldn't be too many of those types at a classier sporting event) etc..

    I'm well aware of the fact that the ideal amount of time to spend at the US Open would differ from person-to-person, I was just hoping that enough people would respond for me to come to some sort of conclusion. I don't want to be bummed out because I only went for one night session, nor do I want to regret not having done more on my first trip to NYC. Anyway, thanks for the help.:)
     
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    Go to one day session. Sample a set or so at every match you find interesting. Put your game face on and be ready to fight for progressively better seating if you get into Louis or the grandstand.

    IMO, one night session would be boring, and more than one day session is too much. You'll learn you get picky VERY quickly. I've had the privilege of attending tournaments like LA every day for a week, and by the 3rd day I was timing my arrivals for the middle of the first set for the one or maybe two matches I really wanted to see.
     
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    Oh Please, I agree with pretty much everything you said. I was going to suggest to the poster to simply decide at the beginning of the day between Louie and the grandstand and just stay there all day but I didn't want to steer him away from a good match on an outer court.

    I too go to more then the Open every year (Miami for 5 or 6 days including the qualies, Montreal/Toronto for the first three days) and it can be a bit much after awhiile and is why I don't go as many days any more to the Open. But for a newbie I'd suggest at least two days so by the second you feel like at least you know more where you are going and don't waste as much time wandering around in a fog.

    I wouldn't pay money for any night session especially not the first week when matches on outer courts are most likely still going on and watching matches in Ashe, in all but the best seats, is a total waste of time and money (plus I hate American players, so that stadium is even more irrelevant to me.)

    Another thing I find which saves time is to grab a bite to eat as soon as I get in (10-10:30a) then buy my water and go to the court where my first match is. Then I don't eat again until late (4ish) when the people who are only there for the day are still watching matches and the night session people haven't gotten there yet. There are still long lines but not like they are at 6. And I always take a few packages of peanut butter crackers or granola bars so I don't pass out when stuck on a court for hours.

    I also buy a bottle of water every time I switch courts so I don't need to get up and leave during the middle of a match, then wait in a long line to buy it, then wait in another long line to get back into Louie or GS.
     
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    The first "big" tournament I attended, the Pacific Life Open, I was pretty much fried (both literally and figuratively) after one day session. I went back the second day, but was just tired of watching tennis after a couple hours. FWIW, surprisingly my ability to watch more tennis has increased! I now go two full days, sometimes both days and nights and enjoy all of it (same goes for my girlfriend). So I think two days of at least 1 session should be about right, less than that and I'm not sure it's worth the hassle of the transportation, lines, money, people, etc. I've never quite had the time to do 3-4 days of tennis watching, so there's room to grow! Maybe next year I'll make Wimbledon.
     
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    I'm going can't wait!!!!!!!!! I hear that the last days aren't always the best. I'm going in the middle, during labour day i guess.
     
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    i will be going to the US Open this year as well...and it will also be my FIRST EVER tennis match. yes thats right i have never ever watched a professional tennis match other than from the TV. i am so excited. iwill be going during the first few weeks of the tournament and hopefully i can get some players autographs.. any tips or advices on getting the players autographs??? my coach told me that usually if u want their autographs he told me that i should get up from my seat when its like a game or two from being the end and go over to wherre the players come out from through that tunnel and lean over the side and i can have a chance of gettin their autogrpahs if im lucky..is this true???
     
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    Yes, that is true. It's also effective to get autographs after matchs by standing near the player's chairs at the end of a match. In both cases often only the winning player(s) will sign autographs.

    Another good way to get autographs is to catch players as they come off of the practice courts after their hitting sessions.
     
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    autographs are all based on luck trust me. i was on courtside on armstrong right behind the camera guys. mauresmo the winning player just happened to skip my side as she was exiting the courts into the tunnel.

    in my opinion autographs are a pain in the ass because you have to wait for it. the best time probably like the above poster said is after their practice. but their practice is covered up with some kind of curtain so pictures are hard to get.

    less likely but hilariously was last year i was at a fed match on arthur ashe, they were doing the autographs and where the player would hit it up the stands and who ever catches the ball gets the sig. i was like holy ****!! suddenly that ball that was almost impossible to get was coming RIGHT AT ME! and i was at the promenade section high up... the ball was coming straight for me, and the person right below me caught the ball....
     
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    secret tip: knowing some of the guards on the lower levels gets you in the best seats. bribery works aswell. i paid some guy last year on courtside on arthur ashe, and got on the second row.

    security has increased. a few years ago you could go down to the vip seats for free, but now their tougher after that 9/11 crap.
     
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    bring alot of water and maybe even food, and if you do get to the vip seats like i always do, make sure you have all the food/drinks you need at you've already used the bathroom. because the b rooms are outside and chances are they'll be another guard to stop you and ask you for your tickets if you return again...
     
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  27. Thanks for your advice, think i will be like yourself and use big pockets. Hope it doesnt rain too much, nearly drowned at wimbledon this year. thanks again Isabel from rainy scotland
     
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    I have a question: i have a single ashe ticket for fri night and now I find out my friend who went last year got a ticket for this year because of rain cancellation

    Is it possible for us to give up our individual tickets for two seats next to each other? I figured since it is a friday night, the place is probably buzzing with people
     
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    I'm going on a bus trip up to the US open for a day trip. I'll be there on Friday August 31st. My main goal is to see Federer either practicing or playing a match. What is the chances he will play on one of the outside courts during the day (between 10 and 8 )?

    I discovered while at my first pro tournament (Legg Mason) that its better to walk around the grounds than sit in the big stadium. I get bored in the stadium watching the same match the whole time.
     
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    i AM thinking about going for the qualies as well to see Matt Bruch qualify.
     
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    If your tickets are in the nosebleed section you can most likely sit together. There are always empty seats up there and ushers do not check tickets. Then if someone comes along and you are sitting in their seats just move.

    If they are good seats try the box office and see if you can exchange them. I don't know what the policy is, tbh.
     
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    anyone know if the guards check your ticket to make sure it's ashe tix? I'm wondering cuz I have grounds passes but I also want to go into ashe at least once in my life. Also, does bribery really work that well? How much did u pay?
     
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    I've always had to show my ticket but I know people who have sneaked in. Doesn't hurt to try. I have also gotten people in by going down with someone else's ticket once they are in and giving it to the person outside ( (helps if you know the people you are asking to do this.) You can't bribe your way in that I know of, but once in give it a whirl. Just ask the usher if he knows of any seats lower that might be available and have the money in your hand. I haven't needed to do it since 2001 but the going rate was between $50 and $100 depending on the match and how good a seat I wanted. I also used the same usher every year (my guy was Frank.)
     
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    And if you do sneak in - don't bother trying to go anywhere in the stadium but the nosebleed section as they will check your ticket everywhere else but there.
     
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    I will be in New York for vacation for a long Labor Day weekend. Thurs-Mon. I got a ground pass for the day session, and great tickets in Ashe for the night session. <--- both on Sunday the 2nd. I can't wait, this is my first major.
     
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    sorryy you cant sneak in ashe w/o tickets. your not playing hide n seek. the guards there actually watch you.

    as i said for starters like youself go buy something in the nosebleeds and work to promenade.

    in my case i get into vip because
    1. i know the usher
    2. its one of those things where you know someone who knows someone else to get the connection

    on one of the main matches my coach got into courtside seating and they got him on tv. i was home and saying oh lord, how did he get on the 2nd row with nosebleed tics??!!
     
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    if your a starter with crappy nosebleed tickets, and you want to get lower.. the best you can get without bribery is to the section 2nd to the highest. and even then you can get unlucky with someone showing up to occupy their seats.

    first look down, not at the little stick figures playing tennis (what a ripoff.. you'll soon find you payed money to watch stick figures play tennis way below)... but look one section down at the ushers to see which one is where and accordingly which seats are empty..

    is it lazy joe talking with the usher at section c, instead of b where he belongs??? if its hard working joe asking everyone for tics, then avoid that section. BUT if its in fact lazy joe, go ahead and look for seats in his section. maybe even look for 2 other locations in that section just in case someone sits in it as you go down. remember the bathroom and drink rule and your set
     
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    Not true. I was there for 4 days last year, and went into Ashe every day/night and they NEVER checked to see if I even had tickets
     
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