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Who is going?

savesthedizzle
02-09-2008, 03:24 AM
Anyone already planning on going this year?

I don't know if I'll be able to go as much as I went last year. I hope so :) The USO is my favorite time of year :dance:

vodka007
02-09-2008, 03:55 PM
Hell Yeah! I'm planning on going, it will be my first time to USA, but so looking forward to it.
Ive been looking at flights and they are a bit on the steep side at the mo, I will probably wait until nearer to the time. I think tickets usually go on sale around June.

savesthedizzle
02-12-2008, 02:20 AM
I usually never buy my USO tickets very far in advance, all I usually get are grounds passes anyway, and even Ashe tickets are usually still available until OOPs come out and people rush to get tickets for good night matches. :lol:

If people have questions about anything, I've gone for a few years now and I'll try to help :)

JanineGermany
02-25-2008, 05:43 PM
I will go this year...

enqvistfan
03-16-2008, 10:47 AM
I admit that I'd like to go there, and with the US Dollar which is not high, it could be interesting for Europeans to go. I was there in 2004 and I spent a wonderful time there. But, would like to arrive for the qualies which are free and for maybe the first round.

PinkFeatherBoa
04-19-2008, 06:18 PM
The dollar at the moment is making this a high possibility for me this year and I haven't been to NY in ages.

So you can probably count me in, if RG and Wimbly don't break me. :lol: Would be cool to almost do the full slam in a calendar year. :rocker2:

jeahhh!
04-23-2008, 03:39 AM
:cool:

NinaNina19
04-24-2008, 04:47 AM
I want to go but my family is planning a vacation to Croatia/Bosnia this year so I don't know if we'll have the money. It would be cool to meet some of you.

adee-gee
04-24-2008, 08:38 AM
Me :p

savesthedizzle
04-24-2008, 01:44 PM
I plan to go now probably Thursday of quallies, Mon-Thurs of the first week and the second Monday :)

The second Monday is my birthday so feel free to find me on the grounds and shower me with gifts ;) :lol:

n3gative
05-22-2008, 04:35 AM
how much are tickets for this usually? I plan on attending eventually :)

savesthedizzle
05-29-2008, 10:46 AM
how much are tickets for this usually? I plan on attending eventually :)

A grounds pass is either $45 or $50, I forget which. If you want Ashe, depending on if you want to see ants or actual people it'll be around $50 for the cheapest sets and then practically the sky is the limit as you move closer :tape:

kiwi10is
05-29-2008, 03:56 PM
I will go this year...
I will join you :wavey::wavey:

Claudio
06-02-2008, 05:19 PM
A grounds pass is either $45 or $50, I forget which. If you want Ashe, depending on if you want to see ants or actual people it'll be around $50 for the cheapest sets and then practically the sky is the limit as you move closer :tape:


Hi, guys!

I wonder if you could help me with the ticket issue... they´ve started an early sell of tickets for American Express cardholders and I´d like to go in the 1st 2 days. When I tried to select tickets, I could only get them in the upper part (upper and lower promenade - 334, 339 and so on) for $52 and $62. It´s weird I didn´t get any better option and I know players will actually become ants from that section...
I know it must be quite expensive, but... how can I get better tickets?


I´d like to know what would you suggest me to do about it. I was thinking of buying tickets for 1st monday and, depending on OOP, try to buy night tkts onsite. Is it possible? I definitely want to go to a night session, monday or tuesday.

I really appreciate if anyone could help me on that because I´ll have to have all my trip planned by tomorrow.

Thank you very much!

vodka007
06-03-2008, 08:32 PM
Is it just me or are the tickets all sold out during the later part of the 1st week on www.ticketmaster.com?

Tickets havn't even gone on sale to the general public yet

Claudio
06-05-2008, 11:52 AM
Yes, it seems the same to me too... I really don´t understand. Yesterday I tried to buy tkts again and better ones were offered... when I proceeded to finish the buy... nothing!

Guess our best shot now is trying to buy as soon as the regular selling time begins or at the tournament site.

Can someone from the US please help us on this matter?

Tks!

savesthedizzle
06-05-2008, 12:25 PM
It does seem like for right now everything is sold out, but there were probably only a certain amount of tickets reserved for the presale customers.

When I went last year, I didn't get my ticket for Ashe for the second Tuesday until I was such Djokovic was going to be playing that day... so.. that was pretty much Sunday or Monday, and I was still able to get an Ashe seat. It wasn't a great ticket, but it wasn't sold out. I've never ordered my tickets very early before, so I can only assume it's a pretty small amount of tickets for the presale. For example, I need to get a ticket for September 1, which is the only day I'm really worried about since I prefer grounds passes, and even grounds passes are "sold out" right now. When tickets open up to the general public, I think there will be seats available again. I've never had a problem before :)

Claudio
06-05-2008, 08:10 PM
It does seem like for right now everything is sold out, but there were probably only a certain amount of tickets reserved for the presale customers.

When I went last year, I didn't get my ticket for Ashe for the second Tuesday until I was such Djokovic was going to be playing that day... so.. that was pretty much Sunday or Monday, and I was still able to get an Ashe seat. It wasn't a great ticket, but it wasn't sold out. I've never ordered my tickets very early before, so I can only assume it's a pretty small amount of tickets for the presale. For example, I need to get a ticket for September 1, which is the only day I'm really worried about since I prefer grounds passes, and even grounds passes are "sold out" right now. When tickets open up to the general public, I think there will be seats available again. I've never had a problem before :)
Wow! That´s great news indeed! Thanks! Let´s hope monday brings good news.

smitty8
06-11-2008, 12:34 PM
I got grounds passes for Labor Day weekend (Aug 29-Sept 1). Didn't have any luck for decent seats in Ashe or Armstrong for the USTA presale, the American Express presale, or the general public sale (either nosebleed or sold out), but the last time I went, over a decade ago, you could get there and buy seats at the box office. Might be different for Labor Day weekend because it always appears packed since it is a long holiday weekend here. I think there is some sort of ticket exchange for the season ticket holders, so if they don't want to go to one session they can put it up for sale (check the US Open website, I think it's on there). I think the season ticket holders have most of the good seats. Corporate sponsors have the terrific seats.

savesthedizzle
06-11-2008, 01:15 PM
I got crappy Ashe seats for the first Monday-Wednesday and another crappy Ashe seat for Labor Day.

I don't understand this year why it's impossible to get an okay ticket. :scratch: I did better last year. Maybe next year I'll have to get a season ticket and just put up for sale the ones I don't want (or sell them to MTF-ers)

I think the reason it's so bad right now is that they're still selling all those packages so all the seats are still on "reserve" for people who want those... once they stop selling those, then the tickets will all get released :shrug:

cobalt60
06-12-2008, 05:46 PM
Thinking of going early on in the tournie.
And my tickets will be for free if I go :banana:

savesthedizzle
06-13-2008, 11:28 AM
Thinking of going early on in the tournie.
And my tickets will be for free if I go :banana:

Sueeee you should go :D

We could meet properly instead of you seeing the back of my head :p

magnum44
06-14-2008, 08:38 PM
Gotta a very important question: Is there any possibility of buying tickets right before a particular match? Or do I have to book them in advance? My problem is that I'll be spending my free time near NYC during the US Open and I'll not have the slightest idea of when I am able to visit NYC or Flushing Meadows. Please, help!!! :confused::confused::confused:

savesthedizzle
06-15-2008, 12:37 AM
Gotta a very important question: Is there any possibility of buying tickets right before a particular match? Or do I have to book them in advance? My problem is that I'll be spending my free time near NYC during the US Open and I'll not have the slightest idea of when I am able to visit NYC or Flushing Meadows. Please, help!!! :confused::confused::confused:

You *should* be able to get grounds passes at least right before. Ashe tickets are weird this year and are somehow mostly sold out :tape:

magnum44
06-15-2008, 10:21 PM
'Grounds passes'- please explain!
Everything at Ashe sold out? Even the first round?!

savesthedizzle
06-15-2008, 10:47 PM
'Grounds passes'- please explain!
Everything at Ashe sold out? Even the first round?!

Grounds passes are tickets that get you into the grounds and you can go see any match except for the matches in Ashe :) You can sit in most of the seats in Armstrong, the Grandstand and all the outer courts :) For the early rounds it's the best deal, you can see so much tennis. But of course you won't get to see Nadal or Federer. Last year Ivanovic's first round match was on Armstrong though, as was Djokovic's so I got to see those.

The tickets sold out very very fast this year. You might still be able to get tickets in Ashe, but for a lot of days they are sold out. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com If there aren't tickets now you can check back closer to the event and more tickets that weren't sold as "packages" will probably be released to the public.

Hope this helps :) :wavey:

magnum44
06-16-2008, 08:40 PM
Thanks :)

fedsfan1
07-09-2008, 05:33 PM
i have been going to the USO on regular basis for the past 6 years. I NEVER buy my tickets ahead of time. I will buy them the first day of the qualifing rds, at the box office. usually, in my experience, you can always buy tickets the day before or the day of the event at the box office, you just have to remember that there are very long lines, esp on the weekends.
I have watched Roger win 4 USO Titles & I always bought my ticket the day of the final at the box office.
They USTA releases tickets the day of the match. I was there for the semi's last year but had to get my ticket for the final the morning of....so stupid.

if you guys need any more help, feel free to ask. I will try to help in any way I can.

cheers
Laura

downunderthunder
07-11-2008, 02:55 AM
Hello! I'd love it if you could give me some advice.
The situation is this: my father and I will be in and around New York this year from the morning of September 4th onwards. As a HUGE tennis fan, I am very keen to go to the US Open during this time. However, trying to buy tickets from overseas (where I am now) online through sites (whatever came up on google, ticketnow, tickco, etc.) has proven very expensive. The matches that I am looking at in this time period are the mens quarters or semis. From reading online and looking at pics, the upper promenade seems WAY TOO FAR AWAY to see anything, but even these tickets are selling for $150-$250! It also seems that it isn't impossible to sneak your way down to loge seats if it isn't crowded - is this true and what are my chances in the quarters? Given that I do not want to spend upwards of $300 for a average-at-best seat, what are my options? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!

kukka
07-11-2008, 10:41 AM
I'll be in NY on holidays during the qualifying week, so I've planned to go there to watch some matches either on Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on the weather etc). I'm looking forward to see the place, I've never been at US Open before. :D

Elina

fedsfan1
07-11-2008, 11:07 AM
Hello! I'd love it if you could give me some advice.
The situation is this: my father and I will be in and around New York this year from the morning of September 4th onwards. As a HUGE tennis fan, I am very keen to go to the US Open during this time. However, trying to buy tickets from overseas (where I am now) online through sites (whatever came up on google, ticketnow, tickco, etc.) has proven very expensive. The matches that I am looking at in this time period are the mens quarters or semis. From reading online and looking at pics, the upper promenade seems WAY TOO FAR AWAY to see anything, but even these tickets are selling for $150-$250! It also seems that it isn't impossible to sneak your way down to loge seats if it isn't crowded - is this true and what are my chances in the quarters? Given that I do not want to spend upwards of $300 for a average-at-best seat, what are my options? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!

Hello thunder from down under..... :)

Your best option is to go to the USO box office as early as you possibly can the day you want to go. Box office opens at 9am & usually tickets become available for that day. & you can buy your tickets for other days at the same time. (if they are available) Not sure what kind of seats you will get in AA but it will get you in & you will be able to watch matches on all of the other courts as well. You can always buy a grounds pass if no great matches are being played on AA & you still can go to every court to watch matches.
In my experinece, some of the best matches I ever seen were on LA, Grandstand & some of the smaller courts.
Kinda a fib cos my favorite match of all time that I watched at the USO was in AA....quarters in 04 Roger vs AA....amazing stuff.

As for *sneaking* down to better seats in AA , its an option but very iffy. Really depends on the person working in that section. They always check tickets. But you never know. Sitting close in LA or Grandstand is easier , bcos its open seating.( in LA, section surrounding the ct is researved) But IMO all the seats on those courts are good.

Have fun & I hope you & your dad have a great time in NY!!!

cheers
laura

fedsfan1
07-11-2008, 11:10 AM
I'll be in NY on holidays during the qualifying week, so I've planned to go there to watch some matches either on Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on the weather etc). I'm looking forward to see the place, I've never been at US Open before. :D

Elina

Thats Great Elina!!

Best part of qualies is that its free to enter the grrounds. & all the top players are practising.
I will be there at that time , too.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

cheers
laura :cool:

magnum44
07-15-2008, 05:11 PM
I may intend to buy USO ticktes online. But how will I know where & when particular players will play their matches? And do I buy tickets for one match or for the whole day session (online/at the box office)?

fedsfan1
07-16-2008, 03:57 PM
I may intend to buy USO ticktes online. But how will I know where & when particular players will play their matches? And do I buy tickets for one match or for the whole day session (online/at the box office)?

Hi magnum44,

The where & when of when the players play...its anyones guess .... the OOP is released the previous night. This is the same for all tournaments.
Plus you never buy a ticket for just one match, you buy for a session...day or night. IMO...its better to buy a day session cos even after the session is over....you can still stay on the grounds for the night sessions...you just won't have a seat in AA,& if you leave the grounds, you cannot re-enter. but you can go to any of the other cts to watch play. Unless there is a match you want to see in the night session in AA, then you need a ticket. But night session ticket holders cannot enter the grounds till after 5pm or later sometimes if the day sessions run late.

Hope that helps

cheers
laura:cool:

magnum44
07-17-2008, 07:15 PM
So what should I do if I want to see Rafa in his, say, 2nd round match? Do you have any tipps for me, please? :confused:

Chip_s_m
07-17-2008, 11:22 PM
So what should I do if I want to see Rafa in his, say, 2nd round match? Do you have any tipps for me, please? :confused:

At the USO, with the exception of the first round, it's actually possible to make an educated guess as to which day (not session) the top two seeds will play on, unless the schedule has been affected by inclimate weather. Unless they have changed it, they usually play the top half of the draw the day before the bottom half. Assuming that Nadal will still be ranked #2 by the time seeds are made (obviously not set in stone, but IMO he'll still be #2, although it will be very close), he'll play on the second day of the men's round 2, which according to the USO website is Friday (http://www.usopen.org/schedules/default.sps). This is when Nadal played last year too (but not in 2006--this is not set in stone).

However, even if you can make a good guess as to what day he'll play, you won't know whether it'll be during the day or night session, since he'll probably play in Arthur Ashe, which requires a special ticket that grants you access during either the day or night, but not both (although you could buy tickets for both). This is really a toss-up. One of the two night matches will be a WTA match (that is for certain). They like to put the players with the biggest (American) star power in the night session, so they can maximize primetime American TV viewership. Furthermore, European players playing during the day will maximize European TV viewership. However, Nadal is pretty big in the US and in the past organizers have not hesitated to put him on during the night session. IMO the only male players who will trump Nadal for a space in the night session are Roddick, Federer (who if he is still #1 will be in the top half), and probably Blake. So, if either Roddick or Blake is in the bottom half of the draw, there is a decent chance that Nadal will play during the day.

So, this probably isn't a huge help, but if I were you I would get a daytime AA ticket for Friday (especially since you'll still be able to access the outer courts during the day, whereas an evening AA ticket will not grant you grounds access during the day). However, before you buy you should know that there is a good chance that he may not play during that session. Organizers don't always follow this logic and like to mix it up to give all the top players the good times/courts (i.e. Roddick played a day match on AA during R2 last year while Blake had the night spot, even though Roddick is obviously a much bigger star). Nadal didn't even play during the Friday day session last year or in 2006, despite perfect weather last year. Don't be disappointed if it doesn't work out, especially since there is a good chance that it won't.

I know this wasn't a big help, but hopefully I at least provided some insight into the scheduling process. To summarize, there really isn't a reliable way to figure it out.

magnum44
07-18-2008, 12:43 AM
Thank you.
And one more question: does a daytime AA ticket give permission to enter the night session?

Chip_s_m
07-18-2008, 01:55 AM
Thank you.
And one more question: does a daytime AA ticket give permission to enter the night session?

A daytime will. I'm not sure if a nighttime AA ticket will allow you to access the grounds earlier in the day, though. I can't seem to find the answer on the website either.

downunderthunder
07-18-2008, 08:59 AM
Hello thunder from down under..... :)

Your best option is to go to the USO box office as early as you possibly can the day you want to go. Box office opens at 9am & usually tickets become available for that day. & you can buy your tickets for other days at the same time. (if they are available) Not sure what kind of seats you will get in AA but it will get you in & you will be able to watch matches on all of the other courts as well. You can always buy a grounds pass if no great matches are being played on AA & you still can go to every court to watch matches.
In my experinece, some of the best matches I ever seen were on LA, Grandstand & some of the smaller courts.
Kinda a fib cos my favorite match of all time that I watched at the USO was in AA....quarters in 04 Roger vs AA....amazing stuff.

As for *sneaking* down to better seats in AA , its an option but very iffy. Really depends on the person working in that section. They always check tickets. But you never know. Sitting close in LA or Grandstand is easier , bcos its open seating.( in LA, section surrounding the ct is researved) But IMO all the seats on those courts are good.

Have fun & I hope you & your dad have a great time in NY!!!

cheers
laura


Thanks!
I do have a couple of questions, though - so please bear with me!!

I arrive on the thurday of the second week in NY, which is the day of the night session I'd like to attend! Lining up early...hmm is that even possible then? Also, I can't work it out - are matches at that late stage of the tournament only on Ashe? Or would there be a night match that day, too, on say Armstrong? I'm talking the 4th of September, and I can't work out from the usopen site exactly what's happening :confused: The men's quarters are what I'm looking at, Armstrong would be GREAT, and how much would I be looking to spend and how?

I'm sorry - that's a lot of questions!

fedsfan1
07-18-2008, 02:09 PM
A daytime will. I'm not sure if a nighttime AA ticket will allow you to access the grounds earlier in the day, though. I can't seem to find the answer on the website either.

With a night session ticket, you are only allowed to enter the grounds AFTER 5pm.
I said earlier that if you buy a day session, they will NOT make you leave the grounds during the night session...you just won't have a seat in AA. (unless u buy another ticket)

FYI--box office opens at 9am. Gates open @ 10am.
Qualifing rds....free to the public. :)

fedsfan1
07-18-2008, 02:22 PM
Thank you.
And one more question: does a daytime AA ticket give permission to enter the night session?

no admission to AA but you can stay on the grounds.

fedsfan1
07-18-2008, 02:29 PM
Thanks!
I do have a couple of questions, though - so please bear with me!!

I arrive on the thurday of the second week in NY, which is the day of the night session I'd like to attend! Lining up early...hmm is that even possible then? Also, I can't work it out - are matches at that late stage of the tournament only on Ashe? Or would there be a night match that day, too, on say Armstrong? I'm talking the 4th of September, and I can't work out from the usopen site exactly what's happening :confused: The men's quarters are what I'm looking at, Armstrong would be GREAT, and how much would I be looking to spend and how?

I'm sorry - that's a lot of questions!

No worries, Thunder :)

Yes you could still buy tickets at the B.O. USTA always makes tickets available the day of .... But since you are arriving that day, my advice is to try to buy them online for the night session on 9/4...if available. & yes they will play on Armstrong , too. but not sure if it will be mens 1/4's. My memory is shot....not sure if they put 2 on in AA--1 in the day & 1 at night & the other 2 in LA. I do know that both semi's are played Saturday day session. Womens final Sat. night.


hope that helps

cheers
Laura

magnum44
07-19-2008, 04:09 PM
Thank you all :)

happy928
07-24-2008, 03:15 AM
Hi, anyone has "Promotions and Special Offers" for US Open Tixs?

Thanks.

dudi_fan
07-25-2008, 12:00 AM
I'm goin!!!

Fitz
08-04-2008, 03:27 AM
Hi! :wavey: I have a couple questions in case I can go.

Is it really true no backpacks are allowed? That is so pathetic if it is true. :confused:

Second, why doesn't the USO list any sort of camera policy. I've heard getting cameras in are hit or miss depending on who checks your bag but if they don't state a policy, how can they do that? I only have a 55-200mm lens, so I'm hoping that is acceptable if I go.

Cheers everyone! :cool:

Pigpen Stinks
08-04-2008, 09:00 PM
Hi! :wavey: I have a couple questions in case I can go.

Is it really true no backpacks are allowed? That is so pathetic if it is true. :confused:

Second, why doesn't the USO list any sort of camera policy. I've heard getting cameras in are hit or miss depending on who checks your bag but if they don't state a policy, how can they do that? I only have a 55-200mm lens, so I'm hoping that is acceptable if I go.

Cheers everyone! :cool:

This link should help:

http://www.usopen.org/visiting_the_open/fullstory.sps?iType=12169&iNewsid=288688

That's right, they don't allow backpacks. Regular cameras it appears are still fine. If you do bring a bag be prepared to wait to get through what can be a VERY long security line. The lines for people not carrying anything in are much faster.

savesthedizzle
08-04-2008, 11:51 PM
And the long security line is why they don't allow backpacks. One compartment bags are much quicker and easier to search.

If there was someone in front of me in line with a backpack, I would throw something at them.

And I would not be the only one ;) :p :lol: Backpacks have a ridiculous amount of pockets.

Snoo Foo
08-05-2008, 12:11 AM
Maybe somebody already said this but I didn't see it. It's a lot faster to get in if you go to the South Gate, the entrance farthest from the subway. The line is about 75-80% shorter and sometimes there is no wait at all while the front entrance (East Gate) is jam packed. You have to walk maybe 3 minutes more but I would rather spend 3 minutes walking through a park to save 15 minutes of standing still on a crowded line.

Personally I never heard of anybody having a problem bringing in a camera, a friend of mine has a huge Hubble Telescope camera that he brings in, and nobody's ever bothered with my little digital camera.

savesthedizzle
08-05-2008, 12:17 AM
Maybe somebody already said this but I didn't see it. It's a lot faster to get in if you go to the South Gate, the entrance farthest from the subway. The line is about 75-80% shorter and sometimes there is no wait at all while the front entrance (East Gate) is jam packed. You have to walk maybe 3 minutes more but I would rather spend 3 minutes walking through a park to save 15 minutes of standing still on a crowded line.

Personally I never heard of anybody having a problem bringing in a camera, a friend of mine has a huge Hubble Telescope camera that he brings in, and nobody's ever bothered with my little digital camera.


This is true :) I have done this myself to skip huge lines :rocker2:

And I've never had problems with my cameras either... I mean most tennis tournaments just don't want you bringing in cameras with tripods :shrug:

adee-gee
08-05-2008, 08:42 AM
This link should help:

http://www.usopen.org/visiting_the_open/fullstory.sps?iType=12169&iNewsid=288688

That's right, they don't allow backpacks. Regular cameras it appears are still fine. If you do bring a bag be prepared to wait to get through what can be a VERY long security line. The lines for people not carrying anything in are much faster.
It says there flags aren't allowed, do I presume they're not that strict on this? :unsure: I want to bring my Scotland flag for Muzza :lol:

And also, someone told me you can't take water inside, but there doesn't seem to be any rule on that list, can you clarify this please? :hatoff:

Pigpen Stinks
08-05-2008, 07:50 PM
Last year they were giving away free bottles of one of the vitamin water type drinks before you walked across the boardwalk to the main entrance. I hadn't finished it prior to walking in and thought they might make me throw it out (I think they did make me discard a plastic bottle the previous year prior to entering), but they let me walk right thru this time. I think that officially you're not supposed to bring any bottles in (definitely not glass), but it's probably hit or miss depending on who the usher is. The main thing is they probably want to make sure that no glass and no booze come in.

So, if you like to drink a lot of water, and you will if it's a steamy day, worst case scenario is that you'll have to buy a bottle of Evian for 5 or 6 bucks when you get in, and then you can just refill it at the water fountains the rest of the day. I think the water fountains are relatively decent and reasonably cold, but you Brits don't like your water cold anyway, right? ;)

If I'm there one of the days you're around, I'll buy you a $10 beer, Adam.

Pigpen Stinks
08-05-2008, 07:56 PM
As for the flags, I don't think it should be a big deal, and have seen plenty in the past. Unless it's a recent change because maybe they think it reduces the chances of fights taking place. Who the hell knows. Again it probably depends more on avoiding an usher with a wire brush stuck up his...

adee-gee
08-05-2008, 11:31 PM
Last year they were giving away free bottles of one of the vitamin water type drinks before you walked across the boardwalk to the main entrance. I hadn't finished it prior to walking in and thought they might make me throw it out (I think they did make me discard a plastic bottle the previous year prior to entering), but they let me walk right thru this time. I think that officially you're not supposed to bring any bottles in (definitely not glass), but it's probably hit or miss depending on who the usher is. The main thing is they probably want to make sure that no glass and no booze come in.

So, if you like to drink a lot of water, and you will if it's a steamy day, worst case scenario is that you'll have to buy a bottle of Evian for 5 or 6 bucks when you get in, and then you can just refill it at the water fountains the rest of the day. I think the water fountains are relatively decent and reasonably cold, but you Brits don't like your water cold anyway, right? ;)

If I'm there one of the days you're around, I'll buy you a $10 beer, Adam.
Thanks for the help mate :hatoff:

Well, I'm not a big fan of water full stop to be honest, but us Brits also don't like the heat and I'm led to believe NY can get a bit hot and humid in the summer ;)

I didn't realise there are water fountains, I'll just have to kick all the Yanks out the way to get there, another thing us Brits I don't like doing is queuing.

$10 a beer?!? Almost Wimbledon-esque!

savesthedizzle
08-06-2008, 01:09 AM
It's not $10. I seem to recall it only being $8 or so :rolls:

The queues for the water fountains are longer than the women's bathroom line, generally :rolls:

Fitz
08-06-2008, 06:05 AM
Thanks for the help everyone! Much appreciated!

So I can't take a backpack in, but I can carry in a small duffle bag as long as it "fitz :lol:" their specifications?

savesthedizzle
08-06-2008, 11:49 AM
As long as it fits the specifications you should be fine :lol:

10K Futures Qualifier
08-08-2008, 12:28 AM
I think my friend will invite me, otherwise I will go with my brother hopefully!:D

adee-gee
08-08-2008, 09:11 AM
It's not $10. I seem to recall it only being $8 or so :rolls:
Splendid, I can get drunk on $80 :D

fedsfan1
08-13-2008, 11:36 AM
its true...no backpacks are allowed....of any size :confused:

but you can bring water. I always come with at least 2. I never had a problem.

& snoo foo is right...South Gate much faster to enter. I always use that gate since I park on that side of the park.

as for flags....just stuff it in your pockets or under your clothes...they don't frisk you at the gate...LOL

enjoy the USO everyone!!!

FaceyFacem
08-17-2008, 01:45 PM
I have 2 tickets to the day session at arthur ashe stadium on day 1, 8/25 that I need to sell as my friends who wanted to come are now busy. Contact my by PM if you will be in the NYC area during the period before the US Open and would be interested.

savesthedizzle
08-20-2008, 04:02 AM
btw, my last tip for everyone is to make sure that your sunscreen is not in a can... I know they make spray on kinds that are in cans. They will not let you in with that, they WILL confiscate them and I have seen many outraged people, but I mean.. cans are a no-no.

So please make sure your sunscreen is in a plastic container :D

Snoo Foo
08-20-2008, 04:59 AM
Today they made me take the (Poland Spring) label off my water bottle!!! I guess if Evian is their sponsor they can't have people walking around drinking the competition... oy oy oy oy.

savesthedizzle
08-20-2008, 02:18 PM
Today they made me take the (Poland Spring) label off my water bottle!!! I guess if Evian is their sponsor they can't have people walking around drinking the competition... oy oy oy oy.

:speakles: Now that is something I haven't experienced before, but is good to know for going on Thursday. :lol:

fedsfan1
08-23-2008, 11:29 AM
Today they made me take the (Poland Spring) label off my water bottle!!! I guess if Evian is their sponsor they can't have people walking around drinking the competition... oy oy oy oy.

They did that to me to...couldn't believe it. :eek:

smitty8
08-24-2008, 03:20 AM
Today they made me take the (Poland Spring) label off my water bottle!!! I guess if Evian is their sponsor they can't have people walking around drinking the competition... oy oy oy oy.

If that's the least they do, that's fine by me. When I last went to the US Open, in 1995, I took in a small plastic bottle of Evian water every day I was there and they didn't say a word to me. Just kept refilling it at the water fountain.
And thanks for the warning about the sunscreen. I didn't know that. :wavey:

happy928
08-24-2008, 03:34 AM
Happy will be there from 8/29 - 8/31 beeches..........:cool:

MaggieMay
08-24-2008, 05:48 AM
I'm making the trip over for Labor Day weekend :woohoo:

Snoo Foo
08-24-2008, 06:58 AM
Water bottle label update: to the best of my knowledge they have repealed this rule - you can now bring in your non-evian water bottle with the label intact.

Snoo Foo
08-25-2008, 12:29 AM
Forgot to mention this, prolly woulda been handier during qualleez week but... :shrug:

The golf course has a super insanely cheap snack bar ($4.50 for a hotdog, fries and large coke). Just walk on the little road past all the outside practice courts (i.e., if you were coming from the subway, go left instead of right when you get across the bridge). also you can get a 16oz beer for like, $4... and they have burgers and other junk. So even though you'd have to actually leave the USTABJKNTC to get to it, it'd save you like, $15 per meal. And it's not really that far....

smitty8
08-25-2008, 02:52 AM
I was just reading through the security info and love this one:

The following items are prohibited and MAY NOT be brought onto the premises:
tennis racquets


I will be going Labor Day weekend, just got an outrageously overcharged hotel room in Manhattan, but it is convenient to the Subway. Damn my aunt for moving! I used to have a free couch to sleep on.
For those driving, how easy is it to get there? I might have to drive there Friday morning.

Edit: Nevermind the driving question. I just got train tickets. Saves me some time and money and I won't have to drive like a taxi driver to get around Manhattan (as much as I love that, lol).

savesthedizzle
08-25-2008, 03:52 AM
I am going Labor Day weekend and am looking at a hotel room in Manhattan not too much more money than the one I am typing from :rolls:

After being in here, I'm willing to go up a notch in my accommodations. :rolls:

smitty8
08-25-2008, 04:09 AM
I am going Labor Day weekend and am looking at a hotel room in Manhattan not too much more money than the one I am typing from :rolls:

After being in here, I'm willing to go up a notch in my accommodations. :rolls:

Good luck! The prices I was looking at are twice the rate I'm used to paying in Manhattan. I was looking at a hotel near LaGuardia, the Comfort Inn Flushing, 5 minute walk to the subway, I think it's one stop from the tennis center (check the map first), reviews sounded ok. Maybe check that one.

kukka
08-25-2008, 09:26 AM
I went to see the qualies on Wednesday last week. We didn't watch that many matches because my fiance Toni is a newbie to tennis and I didn't want to bore him too much. ;) So we first walked around the area and checked the practice courts (saw Feliciano López there) and Louis Armstrong stadium (some blondish woman was there practicing). We watched at Court 13 an end of a ladies' match (Cohen vs. Jidkova which took ages to finish) and then Rik de Voest vs. Alejandro Brizzi. I wanted to see Rik again because I saw him in last April when South Africa played Davis Cup in Finland. I managed to congratulate Rik after the match and wished him good luck for coming matches (nice to see that he made it to the main draw :) ). When the match was finished it was already 6pm and we were starving so we ate hamburgers ($8.00) with Heineken ($7.50) and took the subway back to our hotel. :D I guess the US Open tennis complex was ok. Just the food is ridiculously expensive... :rolleyes: Maybe some year in the future I have a chance to go there again...

Elina

PS. We took some pics there. I'll try to upload them to internet soon. :)

smitty8
08-27-2008, 07:59 PM
I have an extra grounds admission ticket for this Friday, August 29. Just want what I paid for it. PM me if interested before late Thursday night NYC time.

Peridotpixie
08-28-2008, 09:08 PM
Hi all,
I went a couple of days this week and had a blast. My friend just called and asked me if I'd like to go again tomorrow--the only problem being that we don't have tickets. Would we be able to get groundspasses on-site? How early would you recommend we show up to do that, and how easy is it to get to the ticket booth without getting caught in the lines for ticketholders? Smitty, I'd ask you about yours except that there are two of us, and I'd feel awful if we weren't able to obtain a second--all or none, I guess. :) Thanks!

savesthedizzle
08-28-2008, 09:14 PM
Good luck! The prices I was looking at are twice the rate I'm used to paying in Manhattan. I was looking at a hotel near LaGuardia, the Comfort Inn Flushing, 5 minute walk to the subway, I think it's one stop from the tennis center (check the map first), reviews sounded ok. Maybe check that one.

Really? I found quite a few on sale down to about $140 down from $200 :)

Hopefully they're still on sale :rolls:

I wish your grounds pass was for today :armed: I'd have bought it off you :p

savesthedizzle
08-28-2008, 09:16 PM
Hi all,
I went a couple of days this week and had a blast. My friend just called and asked me if I'd like to go again tomorrow--the only problem being that we don't have tickets. Would we be able to get groundspasses on-site? How early would you recommend we show up to do that, and how easy is it to get to the ticket booth without getting caught in the lines for ticketholders? Smitty, I'd ask you about yours except that there are two of us, and I'd feel awful if we weren't able to obtain a second--all or none, I guess. :) Thanks!

You *might* be able to, but I have heard that they are sold out for a lot of this weekend. I attempted to get grounds passes Wednesday night for Thursday and the grounds passes were all sold out, as was any Ashe seat for less than $300. :tape:

I'm not sure how early you would have to go... I'd maybe call and find out what time they open and then go as early as possible. :hug: Good luck!!

smitty8
08-28-2008, 10:56 PM
My extra ticket is sold!

whao
09-03-2008, 11:59 AM
Hey all:

So I'm going to the finals for the first time and I'm trying to figure out logistics. Anyone who has been before have any advice on how early to get there?

Thanks

fedsfan1
09-03-2008, 08:43 PM
Hey all:

So I'm going to the finals for the first time and I'm trying to figure out logistics. Anyone who has been before have any advice on how early to get there?

Thanks


Mens Final starts at 4pm EST Dubs Final before that

I believe the gates open at 10am just like the rest of the days .
IF you can't get tickets, they do allow you entrance onto the grounds for $5.00 & you can watch on the big screens & enjoy the atmosphere of the USO. But as long as Andy isn't there ;) , You should be able to buy a ticket that day.
In 2004 , I bought a ticket the day of the final...Roger vs Lleyton.
It was in the nosebleeds but I was there...thats all that really mattered to me.
The box office opens at 9am so be there before the line gets too long & you should be able to get a ticket.

whao
09-03-2008, 09:15 PM
Mens Final starts at 4pm EST Dubs Final before that

I believe the gates open at 10am just like the rest of the days .
IF you can't get tickets, they do allow you entrance onto the grounds for $5.00 & you can watch on the big screens & enjoy the atmosphere of the USO. But as long as Andy isn't there ;) , You should be able to buy a ticket that day.
In 2004 , I bought a ticket the day of the final...Roger vs Lleyton.
It was in the nosebleeds but I was there...thats all that really mattered to me.
The box office opens at 9am so be there before the line gets too long & you should be able to get a ticket.

Tickets I already have :). The problem is I live several hours away by train so I don't know whether I should aim to get there at like 2pm or whether I should stay in the city overnight...any thoughts?

fedsfan1
09-04-2008, 12:21 PM
Tickets I already have :). The problem is I live several hours away by train so I don't know whether I should aim to get there at like 2pm or whether I should stay in the city overnight...any thoughts?


Thats your call mate . Like I said, the final starts at 4pm so unless you want to see the dubs final too, 2pm sounds like a good time to arrive.
Have fun & maybe I see you there :)