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Tournament Questions and Tips for Fans (World Tour Finals info needed)

Hello,

I'd like to go to the US OPEN and I'm looking for people who have ever been there.

Is it easy to see the players practrice ?
Do you know a cheap hotel close to the stadium ?
Is it possible to buy tickets the day of the match ?

Well, any informations would be great.

You can send me a private email if you wish.

Thanks a lot in advance for the persons who would answer me.

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Hello,

I'd like to go to the US OPEN and I'm looking for people who have ever been there.

Do you know a cheap hotel close to the stadium ?

well, it would be cheaper to just sleep on the sidewalk
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It depends where they practice. There are open practice courts that you can just walk up to and watch them practice on. There are also some that are covered, but if you stand at the top of court 4 you can view from up there. Last year caught almost everybody I was looking for practicing at some point or another.

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Do you know a cheap hotel close to the stadium ?
The Comfort Inn in Flushing NY is a ten minute walk from the park. I stayed there last year, and it was just fine. Clean, nice staff, located in a safe area. I would recommend it.

If a hotel is too expensive, you should check ou the Flushing YMCA for a room. It's up the street from the comfort in, and cheaper than a proper hotel, but just as secure.

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Sure, but show up early just in case. If you don't love one of the top americans, don't waste your money on nosebleed seats in Ashe. Groundspasses are the way to go.

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I have been to the US Open it is very easy to see players on practice courts. I got Andy Roddick's autograph while he was on practice court. Some people are hard to find b/c they dont want crowds to watch them practice.
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It is very easy to get tickets the day of. I get there very late in the day and I have never once had a problem getting in.

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You're better off buying a ticket to Down Under~ come & see the AUS Open in January; ground-pass tickets (inlclude Vodafone Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Showcourt-1 etc..) only $25 Aus ($16 US). The big stars walk straight past you & minimal security required because it's a peaceful atmosphere^ I've seen V Williams, Moya, Rafter, Nalbandian, Federer walk within a metre or so & they seem happy to practice on the outside courts & sign for fans. Also atmosphere is awesome because lots of European backpackers in January (as Northern Hemisphere winter); the Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, British & of course Aussie fans paint their faces & shirts off singing songs to encourage favourite players. The main stadium is only 15-minutes walk from city's CBD, or you can take tram if you prefer.. Definitely one of the best spectator sports events in the World (but I'm biased@@)! Cheers.
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Thanks a lot Rebecca, Timbo, Hurley, and cmonaussie for your comments and tips. Rebecca, I totally agree with you regarding the groundpasses, each year I go to Roland-Garros and each year I buy groundpasses as I'm not a fan of the French players and I can see everyone very close. If I go the US OPEN, I would do the same cause my favourites are not american (even if I have nothing against them). My dream is to go someday at the Aussie Open, but at the moment, it is to expensive for Europeans, I heard that the atmosphere was great etc.. (like Cmon aussie said). I hope someday, I'll be able to go there, but I'd also to visit Australia so...
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If you just need grounds passes, you'll have no trouble. But they're very expensive these days...sometimes it's actually cheaper to buy nosebleed Ashe seats, and just never go in!

I remember the days where grounds passes used to be 20 dollars...

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If you just need grounds passes, you'll have no trouble. But they're very expensive these days...sometimes it's actually cheaper to buy nosebleed Ashe seats, and just never go in!

I remember the days where grounds passes used to be 20 dollars...
Ground passes in Roland-Garros this year were at 18 Euros !! I'll check on the usopen website.
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You're better off buying a ticket to Down Under~ come & see the AUS Open in January; ground-pass tickets (inlclude Vodafone Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Showcourt-1 etc..) only $25 Aus ($16 US).

The big stars walk straight past you & minimal security required because it's a peaceful atmosphere^ I've seen V Williams, Moya, Rafter, Nalbandian, Federer walk within a metre or so & they seem happy to practice on the outside courts & sign for fans.

Also atmosphere is awesome because lots of European backpackers in January (as Northern Hemisphere winter); the Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, British & of course Aussie fans paint their faces & shirts off singing songs to encourage favourite players. The main stadium is only 15-minutes walk from city's CBD, or you can take tram if you prefer.. Definitely one of the best spectator sports events in the World (but I'm biased@@)! Cheers.
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That is probably your best ever posts and by the way are you Paul McNamee's son?

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Question Getting tickets for the US Open on site

Hi,

I will be in NYC in the time of the US Open. I don't know yet when exactly I will have time to go to the tournament, but I really would like to. Probably I will have the opportunity on about 2 days in the first week and on about 3 days in the second, depends on other issues.

Is it possible to get tickets just on the day when you want to go? Or do I have to pay a high price to the touts then?

I hope some forum members have some experience with going to the tournament and could give me some advice. I would be very thankful.
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Re: Getting tickets for the US Open on site

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Hi,

I will be in NYC in the time of the US Open. I don't know yet when exactly I will have time to go to the tournament, but I really would like to. Probably I will have the opportunity on about 2 days in the first week and on about 3 days in the second, depends on other issues.

Is it possible to get tickets just on the day when you want to go? Or do I have to pay a high price to the touts then?

I hope some forum members have some experience with going to the tournament and could give me some advice. I would be very thankful.
On the very first few days, you can buy them easily on site for $20 (all courts)
There are no touts in the area, btw. Perhaps in the city there are but at Flushing itself there is considerably security and no one seems to approach anyone else with tickets

Also, last minute "special" deals on tickets are not uncommon if there has been weather related rescheduling and empty stadiums are feared. We got tickets for $10 (yes $10!!!!) for the famous capriati-JHH semi final which went beyond midnight
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Re: Getting tickets for the US Open on site

I was actually wondering around how much the finals tickets would/should cost? I found a few on ebay around a 100 bucks but is that overpaying?

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I was actually wondering around how much the finals tickets would/should cost? I found a few on ebay around a 100 bucks but is that overpaying?
All depends on where the seat is. I would suspect for $100 it is deep in the nosebleeds. Although, I think NY is one of the states where you're not allowed to mark up on the face value of a ticket by more than like 10% on EBay, so you may find some relative bargains. Sellers sometimes get around this by making the tickets part of a "package" that may include hotel and other amenities that then allow them to jack the price up.
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