Citi Open 2021

innoVAShaun

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Hi all. I'm going to the Citi Open on 8/8 and I've been trying to get some info on the venue. I'm just looking for a basic map of the layout of the center and/or the nearby area within the park. I've looked everywhere I could think of and messages Rock Park and tried the Citi website but no luck. Any info is greatly appreciated.
 

McLovin

Legend
Hi all. I'm going to the Citi Open on 8/8 and I've been trying to get some info on the venue. I'm just looking for a basic map of the layout of the center and/or the nearby area within the park. I've looked everywhere I could think of and messages Rock Park and tried the Citi website but no luck. Any info is greatly appreciated.
Google maps shows you a good layout of the center:

I typed out this nice long description of the grounds, then realized you're only going for the finals. Not sure what you're looking for as the only court in use will be Stadium court. Parking is normally available on the soccer field for the final day. If going during the week, you either have to get there early, or park offsite and take a shuttle to the grounds (or try to find parking on the side streets...good luck w/ that).
 
Aww you should have keep the long reply. I might go again next year for more than just the final day. So, I guess it shouldn't be hard to find the big court. I wish I had planned for Saturday too so I could see some others play. My ideal hope is that Rafa is in the final. He's who I want to see the most. I wanted to get an idea of the distances from parking, the designated drop off spots, etc. Thanks for the Google link. I did try there but must not have looked well enough. I'll look again. Thank you very much for the reply. I think we are going to get a Lyft from the hotel to avoid any stress about finding parking.
 

McLovin

Legend
Aww you should have keep the long reply. I might go again next year for more than just the final day. So, I guess it shouldn't be hard to find the big court. I wish I had planned for Saturday too so I could see some others play. My ideal hope is that Rafa is in the final. He's who I want to see the most. I wanted to get an idea of the distances from parking, the designated drop off spots, etc. Thanks for the Google link. I did try there but must not have looked well enough. I'll look again. Thank you very much for the reply. I think we are going to get a Lyft from the hotel to avoid any stress about finding parking.
Well, I'll resurrect my info...

Referencing the Google maps link I posted, the bank of 3 courts at the top are normally combined into a single court (I believe it's labeled as Grandstand). The single courts to the left & right are practice courts, as is the bank of 4 in the lower right, below the clay courts.

The bubble area at the bottom is another bank of 5 courts, but they only play on 3 of them, using courts 2 & 4 for seating. The one in the middle is normally the bigger of the 3 as far as seating.

Other than the lower levels of Stadium, all seating is pretty much open (i.e., first come, first served). If you go during the week, you can normally 'sneak' into the lower levels during the evening session. Two years ago I was basically courtside for Kyrgios' first round match. We were constantly on TV as his personal box was 2 down from us, so he'd go over & chat w/ them and the camera would follow...

Food & drink is expensive, as you'd imagine. Last year I think I paid $9 for a Stella (It was $8 for a Budweiser, and if I'm spending that much for a beer, I may was well get something halfway decent).

The "best" days to go are normally Tuesday and Wednesday. That is when there are plenty of good matches on the outside courts, along w/ some of the seeds playing. I remember years ago watching a "then little known 17 yr old Aussie" play doubles on one of the smaller courts. That was in '98, and was Hewitt playing with Draper. Two years ago I watched Rublev lose to Gojowczyk on the same court...

Wednesday is probably the best overall as that is when most of the seeds play their 1st round (and I'm hoping Rafa plays that day).
 

bobleenov1963

Hall of Fame
Well, I'll resurrect my info...

Referencing the Google maps link I posted, the bank of 3 courts at the top are normally combined into a single court (I believe it's labeled as Grandstand). The single courts to the left & right are practice courts, as is the bank of 4 in the lower right, below the clay courts.

The bubble area at the bottom is another bank of 5 courts, but they only play on 3 of them, using courts 2 & 4 for seating. The one in the middle is normally the bigger of the 3 as far as seating.

Other than the lower levels of Stadium, all seating is pretty much open (i.e., first come, first served). If you go during the week, you can normally 'sneak' into the lower levels during the evening session. Two years ago I was basically courtside for Kyrgios' first round match. We were constantly on TV as his personal box was 2 down from us, so he'd go over & chat w/ them and the camera would follow...

Food & drink is expensive, as you'd imagine. Last year I think I paid $9 for a Stella (It was $8 for a Budweiser, and if I'm spending that much for a beer, I may was well get something halfway decent).

The "best" days to go are normally Tuesday and Wednesday. That is when there are plenty of good matches on the outside courts, along w/ some of the seeds playing. I remember years ago watching a "then little known 17 yr old Aussie" play doubles on one of the smaller courts. That was in '98, and was Hewitt playing with Draper. Two years ago I watched Rublev lose to Gojowczyk on the same court...

Wednesday is probably the best overall as that is when most of the seeds play their 1st round (and I'm hoping Rafa plays that day).
I've been going to CitiOpen since 2012. Got to meet Madison Keys in person and got to hit with her for about 20 minutes. Another year, I got to meet in person Belinda Bencic and hit with her as well. Another year, my company was one of the sponsors and I got to meet the Russian former US Open champ. Another year, my son got to hit with Giles Simon for almost an hour. A few years back, my daughter got to hang out with Camila Giorgi for a day. My son also got to hang out with Andy Murray when he played at CitiOpen a few years back. All of them are very nice and friendly people with the exception of Kevin Anderson who is a real a**hole in person.

Food & drink is definitely expensive. An ice cream will cost you like $5 (where you can get the same ice cream at costco for less than $1, LOL). In years past, they let you bring in water and snacks in your back pack. I told them that my kids have special diet and no issue with bringing drink and snacks.

The best time to go is in the morning and afternoon where you can see lot of players practice. I love watching practice. I am not a fan of watching the whole match.

Parking is tough especially in the evening. Just use Uber and you will be good.
 
Well, I'll resurrect my info...

Referencing the Google maps link I posted, the bank of 3 courts at the top are normally combined into a single court (I believe it's labeled as Grandstand). The single courts to the left & right are practice courts, as is the bank of 4 in the lower right, below the clay courts.

The bubble area at the bottom is another bank of 5 courts, but they only play on 3 of them, using courts 2 & 4 for seating. The one in the middle is normally the bigger of the 3 as far as seating.

Other than the lower levels of Stadium, all seating is pretty much open (i.e., first come, first served). If you go during the week, you can normally 'sneak' into the lower levels during the evening session. Two years ago I was basically courtside for Kyrgios' first round match. We were constantly on TV as his personal box was 2 down from us, so he'd go over & chat w/ them and the camera would follow...

Food & drink is expensive, as you'd imagine. Last year I think I paid $9 for a Stella (It was $8 for a Budweiser, and if I'm spending that much for a beer, I may was well get something halfway decent).

The "best" days to go are normally Tuesday and Wednesday. That is when there are plenty of good matches on the outside courts, along w/ some of the seeds playing. I remember years ago watching a "then little known 17 yr old Aussie" play doubles on one of the smaller courts. That was in '98, and was Hewitt playing with Draper. Two years ago I watched Rublev lose to Gojowczyk on the same court...

Wednesday is probably the best overall as that is when most of the seeds play their 1st round (and I'm hoping Rafa plays that day).
Wow I'm really glad you retyped all that for me. You have some great memories. Thank you so much for sharing. That's more info that I ever hoped to get. I'll definitely be saving all this for next year. I did see comments elsewhere about the prices. You can only take in one clear bottle of water in with you so yeah it will be an expensive day even for just water depending on how long the day is. My husband will definitely be having some beer. I'll have to take vacation for next year so I can attend more days. I didn't want to spend the money for more than one day this time around. It's my first time at a tournament. So if the day officially starts at noon, when do you think the match will start? I know we can enter two or maybe three hours early but not sure when we should plan to eat. Once we sit and the match starts, I'm not moving. Lastly, I just noticed your user name and cracked up. Love it McLovin.
 
I've been going to CitiOpen since 2012. Got to meet Madison Keys in person and got to hit with her for about 20 minutes. Another year, I got to meet in person Belinda Bencic and hit with her as well. Another year, my company was one of the sponsors and I got to meet the Russian former US Open champ. Another year, my son got to hit with Giles Simon for almost an hour. A few years back, my daughter got to hang out with Camila Giorgi for a day. My son also got to hang out with Andy Murray when he played at CitiOpen a few years back. All of them are very nice and friendly people with the exception of Kevin Anderson who is a real a**hole in person.

Food & drink is definitely expensive. An ice cream will cost you like $5 (where you can get the same ice cream at costco for less than $1, LOL). In years past, they let you bring in water and snacks in your back pack. I told them that my kids have special diet and no issue with bringing drink and snacks.

The best time to go is in the morning and afternoon where you can see lot of players practice. I love watching practice. I am not a fan of watching the whole match.

Parking is tough especially in the evening. Just use Uber and you will be good.
Wow those are some awesome experiences. Interesting because I do have a somewhat special diet having had gastric bypass last year. I might try it so I can bring in a protein shake at least.

I defnitely plan on going in as early as they let us. I think 9 a.m. I'd love to see some practices. Thank you for all your input.
 

McLovin

Legend
So if the day officially starts at noon, when do you think the match will start? I know we can enter two or maybe three hours early but not sure when we should plan to eat.
Not sure...I guess you'd have to wait and see what the schedule is. There will be the Men's doubles final, the Men's final, and I presume the Women's 'exhibition final' (sucks that they lost the WTA tournament last year).
I'll have to take vacation for next year so I can attend more days.
Side note: My daughter works for the USTA down in Orlando. As an employee, she gets tickets to the US Open. My wife and I were going to attend this year (for the first time), but it turns out the tickets aren't good Fri-Mon (the middle weekend), and she works for the school system, so we can't go during the week...bummer.
Lastly, I just noticed your user name and cracked up. Love it McLovin.
There's actually a not-so-interesting story behind it. When I first joined here (crap...14 years ago!), I used my real name. I quickly learned that wasn't very smart, so I contacted the admins about changing it. Turns out that is the only reason they'll allow you to change it (if you used your real name). They asked me for a new name, and I'm not very creative. I had just watched SuperBad the weekend before, and it was on my mind, so I went with it.
 
Not sure...I guess you'd have to wait and see what the schedule is. There will be the Men's doubles final, the Men's final, and I presume the Women's 'exhibition final' (sucks that they lost the WTA tournament last year).

Side note: My daughter works for the USTA down in Orlando. As an employee, she gets tickets to the US Open. My wife and I were going to attend this year (for the first time), but it turns out the tickets aren't good Fri-Mon (the middle weekend), and she works for the school system, so we can't go during the week...bummer.

There's actually a not-so-interesting story behind it. When I first joined here (crap...14 years ago!), I used my real name. I quickly learned that wasn't very smart, so I contacted the admins about changing it. Turns out that is the only reason they'll allow you to change it (if you used your real name). They asked me for a new name, and I'm not very creative. I had just watched SuperBad the weekend before, and it was on my mind, so I went with it.
It's still hilarious. OMG tickets to the US Open. That's a shame you can't use them. I checked the prices and we aren't going to that unless we hit the lottery or delay retirement and my husband isn't on board with that idea.
 

bobleenov1963

Hall of Fame
So if the day officially starts at noon, when do you think the match will start? I know we can enter two or maybe three hours early but not sure when we should plan to eat. Once we sit and the match starts, I'm not moving.
CitiOpen takes place at Rock Creek Park in Washington DC. This place is on 16th Street and it is kinda far from many good restaurants, especially there are lots of traffic lights on 16th street. My suggestion is for you and your hubby to visit Silver Spring Maryland because there are so selections good restaurants there. You can have lunch around 11am and take Uber to Rock Creek Park after that. From Silver Spring Maryland, it is a straight shot on 16th Street to Rock Creek Park, and it will take about 15 minutes to get there, pending traffics. Avoid driving altogether.
 
CitiOpen takes place at Rock Creek Park in Washington DC. This place is on 16th Street and it is kinda far from many good restaurants, especially there are lots of traffic lights on 16th street. My suggestion is for you and your hubby to visit Silver Spring Maryland because there are so selections good restaurants there. You can have lunch around 11am and take Uber to Rock Creek Park after that. From Silver Spring Maryland, it is a straight shot on 16th Street to Rock Creek Park, and it will take about 15 minutes to get there, pending traffics. Avoid driving altogether.
Great suggestion thank you again. Before reading this I had just sent an email off to the Hotel (The Line) to ask for recommendations for restaurants too. Everything in that area seemed too highly specific (Ethiopian, Peruvian) or super expensive with like five things to choose from or at the other end of the spectrum with fast food.

I can't tell you guys how glad I am I found this forum. I hate going somewhere and being clueless.
 
Soo, I couldn't take it. I bought tickets for Saturday too. Much cheaper seat in the stadium but still I'll get to see a lot more matches. :)

I meant to ask a likely dumb question, what's with the tickets for each day being broken out into a 1 p.m. ticket and a 7 p.m. ticket. The 1 p.m. gets you in for the whole day and the 7 only gets you in starting at 7 p.m. I guess?
 
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innoVAShaun

Hall of Fame
Soo, I couldn't take it. I bought tickets for Saturday too. Much cheaper seat in the stadium but still I'll get to see a lot more matches. :)

I meant to ask a likely dumb question, what's with the tickets for each day being broken out into a 1 p.m. ticket and a 7 p.m. ticket. The 1 p.m. gets you in for the whole day and the 7 only gets you in starting at 7 p.m. I guess?
Super Saturday? Yes, 1pm seats are day session reserved seats vs 7pm are evening session reserved seats. You can call and ask what's the earliest they will allow the 7pm seats onto the grounds. There will still be other matches on the grounds also. During the evening all the seats are packed on all courts. The four times I went they seldom enforce the nosebleed sections seating in the stadium unless someone says something.
 
"Super Saturday? Yes, 1pm seats are day session reserved seats vs 7pm are evening session reserved seats. You can call and ask what's the earliest they will allow the 7pm seats onto the grounds."
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So with my 1 p.m. ticket do I have to leave at 7?
 

innoVAShaun

Hall of Fame
So with my 1 p.m. ticket do I have to leave at 7?
If it is enforced, you will just need to vacate your seat in the stadium after the day session matches.

In 2019, Super Saturday in the Stadium court was both women's semifinals for the day session, then the military appreciation programs for the intermission, and then the men's semifinals for the evening session.
 
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If it is enforced, you will just need to vacate your seat in the stadium after the day session matches.

In 2019, Super Saturday in the Stadium court was both women's semifinals for the day session, then the military appreciation programs for the intermission, and then the men's semifinals for the evening session.
Oh well, let's whip out the ole credit card one more time! LOL!
 
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