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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone

I am seriously considering attending my first US Open this year. My question to those who have been to the Arthur Ashe stadium before and were sat in the Upper Promenade, could you please let me know what the view of the court is like? Are you able to follow a game without straining your eyes? Can you see the ball?

Any anwers would be GREATLY appreciated!!

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Dude, you're way up there. Make sure to bring binoculars and plenty of tissue [in case of nosebleeds] because the ball will appear to be the size of a pinhead and your tennis idols reduced to about .5" tall.

Arthur Ashe stadium blows.

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Upper Promenade...

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it is VERY high, but, if you go during the day session and you walk around the grounds, it's worth paying the extra $5 for the Ashe ticket as opposed to the grounds pass just in case your favorite happens to be in Ashe. Assuming your favorite is an American, or Roger/Rafa, otherwise they won't be in Ashe

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it is VERY high, but, if you go during the day session and you walk around the grounds, it's worth paying the extra $5 for the Ashe ticket as opposed to the grounds pass just in case your favorite happens to be in Ashe. Assuming your favorite is an American, or Roger/Rafa, otherwise they won't be in Ashe
I had a very high seat, but still it's enjoyable and sure, the best part of big Stadium tickets is the ground thing. Even if you're a hadcore fan of certain player, don't miss the oportunity of walking around . If there are three matches on Ash, stay the first two sets of the first match, then pee and have fun stalking tennis players on the grounds while some WTA chick crushes a lower ranked girl in the stadium Even in some men's matches, leave 'coz you never know what u can find down there. While Hewitt was punishing one of the Rochus brothers in Wimby 2005, court 2, i left for a little walk and ... Lindsay Davenport was training on court 10, only five or six fans around my best tennis experience ever, just two meters away from her, watching such a clean ball striking. Same thing with Mardy Fish and James Blake practicin and joking around in USO 2006 Just make a mini schedule to eat, walk around, pee, shit and enjoy your Stadium seat.

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Yes, because going to the lower promenade is the easiest thing in the world. There are alwaus empty seats and you can move around freeily in that section.
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how much does it cost one of those seats?

i think the US Open is the GS with the cheapest prices.

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how much does it cost one of those seats?

i think the US Open is the GS with the cheapest prices.
i found australia to be very affordable when i visited this year, as well

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Re: Arthur Ashe Upper Promenade seating view

Sorry to invade on your thread musefreek, but I have a question that maybe someone around here can answer?

I'll be in NYC for a short while during the USO (qualifying weekend and the first 3 days of MD) and I am going to try and make it for the day. I won't be buying a stadium ticket court and was hoping to just buy a ground pass. My question is about the queues. I've only ever been to Wimbledon and the queues for ground passes were enormous – at least a 4 hour wait. Do Flushing Meadows have the same problem? Do they have a limited capacity of people to let into the grounds the same way Wimbledon has? And if so, when would be the best time to start queuing on a normal weekday for example?

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

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it's not 4 hours, i doubt if it's ever much longer than 1 hour. monday will be the worst, then tuesday better and wednesday even better. get there really early if you don't want to wait, like 9 am (duh), then you can go in at 10 and watch everybody practicing, cuz there are a lot of people who show up at 1100-1300 and that's when the line gets insane. but either way, i'd be shocked if, on a weekday, you had to wait more than an hour even at the worst possible time.

also they do (very rarely) sell out of grounds passes so if you're going to be there for qualleez you might as well buy a grounds pass for monday while you're there if you're sure you want to go, cuz it costs the same either way obviously a good way to avoid standing in line is to buy tickets ahead of time.
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Sorry to invade on your thread musefreek, but I have a question that maybe someone around here can answer?

I'll be in NYC for a short while during the USO (qualifying weekend and the first 3 days of MD) and I am going to try and make it for the day. I won't be buying a stadium ticket court and was hoping to just buy a ground pass. My question is about the queues. I've only ever been to Wimbledon and the queues for ground passes were enormous – at least a 4 hour wait. Do Flushing Meadows have the same problem? Do they have a limited capacity of people to let into the grounds the same way Wimbledon has? And if so, when would be the best time to start queuing on a normal weekday for example?

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
The US Open is not Wimbledon. Even a 1 hour wait would probably be longer than you would have to wait to buy tickets. The capacity of the grounds is much higher too so there are many more tickets on sale - you shouldn't have any problems. During the first three days of the MD, you'll get whatever ticket you want - I've lived in NY for 6 years and go to the open all the time and never saw those days sell out. Snoo Foo is absolutely correct too that the earlier you get there, the less time you'll wait. And when you do get to the ticket window, buy tickets for all three days at once so you dont need to queue at all on subsequent days.

There are other places at the Open though where queues are getting much longer. Food for instance - it takes forever to get lunch. If you bring a bag to the Open too, be prepared to queue for a while if you arrive near the start of play - if you come without a bag, you can walk right in. And what has become most annoying recently though is that they are selling more and more ground passes and tickets, so that once you are in and there is a good match going on an outer court (like Court 11), queues can be VERY long to actually get a seat - last year I couldnt even get onto a court to see Verdasco, and had to wait for five changeovers to see Fernando Gonzalez. Overall, the grounds feel extremely packed and every year more and more people seem to come to the Open. Depending on the OOP, I tend to try and hang around the Grandstand and Armstrong as much as possible, as the first few days they are (mostly) empty and great places to watch tennis.

I highly recommend to anyone however to go to qualifying. There are usually only a few people in attendance, and they tend to be real tennis fans. Its free of course too, and the matches tend to be really good. No queues for food or anything else either. I actually prefer going to qualifying. And if you're coming all this way though, I'd recommend going to a night match. Nothing like night tennis at the US Open, though if you buy a day ticket you can stick around until past midnight on the outer courts if tennis is still being played
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Thank you so much guys This really helps

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Well of course the courts are going to be crowded to see Verdasco

Cuevas-Guccione was totally empty, as is Troicki vs whoever he is playing. You need less popular faves ibreak4coffee

But on topic, the info everyone gave is absolutely spot on The only time I had trouble getting tickets was on Labor Day (a holiday here the first Monday of September), after two rained out days, and also the day of Agassi's last match every other time I've been able to come, but in the occasion that I can't get a grounds pass, the cheapest Ashe seat is like $5 more, and I end up just buying that. I highly highly recommend qualifying also, not only is it not at all crowded and... FREE!, but it's a nice way to see the grounds and get situated with the layout if you come for main draw. During main draw it will be more crowded, but since you've been to Wimbledon... it is not at all crowded like that. Even when it's "crowded" you do not feel like you are cattle Also a side note, if you go to quallies, I would do your souvenir shopping then if you plan on buying a t shirt or anything. I have no idea what size or shape you are but there have been times where they will sell out of size small t-shirts in the popular styles by the first day already. It happened to me two years ago. SO... get it at quallies, plus there will be no wait at the kiosk or in the shop.

Have I mentioned yet that quallies are awesome? You can see the main draw players practicing up close and if you are the sort who wants to get autographs or pictures with players, quallies are a great time to do it because the players are not hounded by fans. Tip! You will see everyone crowding around a chain link fence watching players practice by court 4. It's true, those are the main practice courts. BUT, during quallies, walk around the outside courts and who knows who you will find just hitting on an empty court

And what I love at the USO, is having a grounds pass, staying all day, and there is always SOME match still going on somewhere on an outside court well into the night. It doesn't have the electricity of a night match on Ashe necessarily, but it still has a certain atmosphere that's a lot of fun.

Oh, and one last tip for you, if you come to the USO, please don't forget that unlike Wimbledon, with a grounds pass to the USO you have access to AMAZING seats in Armstrong and also the Grandstand. You can see top players up close in Armstrong, though it will fill up in there, so you sometimes have to stake out a seat early in the day if there is a "big" match later on.

Okay no, one real last tip. If you have your ticket and you want to get into the grounds faster go to the other entrance There are two entrances to the grounds and nearly everyone goes in through the same one The reason being that if you take public transportation to the grounds, that's where you end up. Whether you take the subway or the LIRR to the tennis, take note of what I am about to tell you When you get off the train (or subway) you will walk down this ramp towards an entrance. DONT GO IN THERE. Go to the left of the entrance and there's a path/road (you will probably see a few other "in the know" people going this way) and just follow the border of the grounds until you get to the next entrance. I assure you... the line at this entrance will be shorter There will be no queue at all for qualifying, this is a main draw tip only

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Oh, and one last tip for you, if you come to the USO, please don't forget that unlike Wimbledon, with a grounds pass to the USO you have access to AMAZING seats in Armstrong and also the Grandstand. You can see top players up close in Armstrong, though it will fill up in there, so you sometimes have to stake out a seat early in the day if there is a "big" match later on.
So if I pay 50 bucks for a grounds pass I can get in anywhere except Arthur Ashe? So why does Ticketmaster charge a separate price for Louis Armstrong seats on its website?

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So if I pay 50 bucks for a grounds pass I can get in anywhere except Arthur Ashe? So why does Ticketmaster charge a separate price for Louis Armstrong seats on its website?
The good seats on Louis Armstrong cost extra but there are still many seats without buying a seperate Louis Armstrong ticket. (There really is no point to buy a seperate ticket) Grounds pass is amazing for the first few days. Last year I got a seat(up high of course) at Arthur Ashe for LESS than a grounds pass off ebay.

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