Rogers Cup Toronto @ York Univeristy

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  1. brazen

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    The skinney: going to the Event, could use some great info.

    As for all the people who would tolerate my cluelessness and a longwinded posts, I thank you for your time.:-D

    Hello all TW'ers. I'm looking at the schedule for the Rogers Cup in Toronto starting this weekend and could use some tips for my first Tennis event. I've read threads on Cincy and Montreal Venues' and found some great tips there about practice courts and seeing the top players. I'm planning to go Sunday for the Qualifiers which are free for the fan zone or 300 level section. Does anyone recommend this? Cause the fan zone is way up in the stands, is there any chance of moving closer without getting in trouble? Same question for the early rounds which I plan to go Tuesday. If I get a fan zone, you think I can move closer or should I just pay for better section? Here's a virtual Seating link, Broze section is the most this poor college student can afford: http://www.seats3d.com/tennis/rexall_centre/

    As to when I get there, what should i do? get a map of the venue, a schedule of play? A program? Also I live Approx 1.5hrs away, I know in Wimby, the locals let people park on their driveways. Anybody nice generous driveway close to York:grin: ? or maybe I can just park in York. It should have plenty of Parking.

    Thank you all for any advice or tips. Hopefully I'll get enough feedback as the Cincy or Montreal Threads. I know it'll help me and some others out there a lot.
     
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  2. scez

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    I went last year and am going again this year :D They have free parking at york, but will be a pretty long walk which if you wait, shuttles come. I did sneak down a couple of rows last year during the middle of an evening match to be with some friends without any hastle. It probably just depends on who is guarding the seats :p
     
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  3. dubsplayer

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    At the men's last year I had to pay for parking in their lots - wasn't much though - maybe $5 and maybe only after the main draw starts - can't remember if I paid during the qualies. And then the shuttle comes and takes you to the entrance. Just don't forget which lot you parked in.

    As to getting a map of the venue - it's not very big - just take a 10 minute walk around and you'll know where all the courts are.

    A schedule of play is always a good idea. It'll be posted the night before so just print it off your computer instead of paying for one.

    At men's tourneys they never have qualie matches in the stadium just the big boys practicing - don't know if women are different, but regardless 300 level and above (400 is most likely fanzone) you are pretty far away. You're better off going to watch matches on the outer courts, imo. And watching the players practice.
     
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  4. brazen

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    Thank you Dubsplayer for your York expertise. As for the outer courts, how do they work? No sections? Just the first one there gets to choose where to sit?
     
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  5. grizzly4life

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    i went last year for the first time (had been to "free" qualifying weekend before)

    here's my thoughts...

    NOT that easy to sneak down from top section to lower section... pretty vigilant about checking.

    it's a nice walk around to all the practice courts. got close to federer, nadal etc. practicing... you'll be able to figure this out pretty quickly.

    outer courts (grandstand excepted, i'll talk to that in a second) have match earlier in the week, but it's pretty bad as there are no seats or benches or anything. basically watching at player level from side.

    the best deal though is to buy the cheapest seats, and then you can sit anywhere you want in the grandstand court. you can sit first row behind the players or a few rows..... fed, nadal, roddick, agassi etc. play on main court, but almost all other players (leyton, gonzo, lubby, blake?, murray etc.) play mostly on grandstand, and in doubles maybe fed/nadal/etc. play in grandstand (not sure if they're playing doubles and i'd guess it might get crowded... but grandstand has all the non mega-star guys, you can sit really close for $20 (correct? but really low) and it's not crowded at all. and earlier in the week, there's probably 5-6 matches.

    qualifying weekend is o.k.... then you could go down to the lower level. doubt security would even care .... i think one day is free, and the other has massive amounts of freebie tix floating around toronto tennis clubs (i gave some away at door last year to complete strangers).....

    hope that helps.... p.s. upper-deck of main stadium is really high up. like watching ants. watch one set of superstars from upper deck (to say you saw them) and then head to grandstand.
     
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  6. Richie Rich

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    that's right.
     
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  7. Richie Rich

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    pretty much sums it up well. if going to qualies buy cheapest ticket and watch outer courts where you are only 5 feet from the action.

    same thing with the first 2 days of the tourny. after tuesday all the good matches are on centre court where it's more expensive and the cheaper seats don't have the greatest views of the court.
     
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  8. Richie Rich

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    pony up the $5 and park at a lot a little further away and walk for 5 minutes. it's free to get in on sunday. so your expenses will be low. unless of course you buy food or water when you are there - as with any sporting event they soak you pretty good so be prepared.
     
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    I'm sorry, what exactly is the Grandstand and how is that different than the outer courts. I guess all I know is the Show Courts (Center Court)
     
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  10. Richie Rich

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    i guess the "grandstand" is the court at the south end of the grounds. it has a couple of rows of benches. the other courts are standing room only.
     
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  11. scez

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    Someone told me that if you drive in an acura you get free parking or something, does anyone know if this is true.
     
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  12. dubsplayer

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    Eh?

    Are you sure you are not thinking about how it was the first year on the new site? Last year - there are at least 20 rows of bleacher seats on two sides of the court and at least 10 rows (if not more) on both baselines. Also, the next two or three biggest outer courts ( to the left of the grandstand if you were looking in direction of stadium) have bleacher seating on one side with at least 15 rows of seats. And I think the court on the other side of the grandstand has a small bleacher section now too.

    The first year at the new site nothing was ready and those courts didn't have any seats (or just a few rows of bleachers) so I'm thinking you may be confusing years.

    They even have a 5 row or so viewing stand in front of the four practice courts nearest the stadium and a big board which shows who will be next up practicing and on which court. At least for the men.
     
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  13. dubsplayer

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    It's the next biggest court after Stadium.
     
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  14. grizzly4life

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    somebody already answered this, but i'll chime back in...

    grandstand stands are quite big now.... i'm guessing at least 1,200 seats, if not much more.. haven't put too much thought into that seat math, but there are tons and tons of good seats and i never saw it really crowded.
     
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