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Old 08-01-2005, 11:50 AM   #1
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Sorry, but my first time there. I'm going on Wednesday and arriving by train in Union Station.

1) Can I bring a backpack on to the grounds?

2) Since the shuttle doesn't start to leave from the metro until an hour before and I would like to go early to see practice, how far is it from Union Station to the tennis grounds? A huge taxi bill?

3) Since the taxi driver probably won't know where the tennis grounds are, what is something near it so the driver will have a clue where I want him to take me.

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Oh wait found directions on the Legg Mason site - from downtown take 16th Street, NW north for 4 miles. Shouldn't be too bad of a taxi bill.

But still wondering if I can bring a backpack in.
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Sorry, but my first time there. I'm going on Wednesday and arriving by train in Union Station.

1) Can I bring a backpack on to the grounds?

2) Since the shuttle doesn't start to leave from the metro until an hour before and I would like to go early to see practice, how far is it from Union Station to the tennis grounds? A huge taxi bill?

3) Since the taxi driver probably won't know where the tennis grounds are, what is something near it so the driver will have a clue where I want him to take me.

Thanks.
Don't take a taxi. There is free transportation from the Metro. Take the Metro (red line) to Van Ness & wait for the shuttle. It comes every 10 minutes & will drop you off right at the gate. (When you leave, take the North exit to the shuttle pick-up tents & line up for the one back to Van Ness (there are also shuttles to the off-site parking).

You can bring bags (no glass bottles or coolers), but remember the security in Washington is always tight so there are random bag checks just like at the airport.
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Don't take a taxi. There is free transportation from the Metro. Take the Metro (red line) to Van Ness & wait for the shuttle. It comes every 10 minutes & will drop you off right at the gate. (When you leave, take the North exit to the shuttle pick-up tents & line up for the one back to Van Ness (there are also shuttles to the off-site parking).

You can bring bags (no glass bottles or coolers), but remember the security in Washington is always tight so there are random bag checks just like at the airport.
Thanks smucav! And good news about bags. (Not worried about security checks - we have them here in NYC too.)

The problem with the shuttle is that the site says that it doesn't start until 3:00 - I'm going to get there around 11:00 so I can watch some practices. Its good for coming back though.

So one last question...lol! If I take the metro to Van Ness, any taxis around there? Or better to get off at Dupont Circle - there's always taxis there.
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Thanks smucav! And good news about bags. (Not worried about security checks - we have them here in NYC too.)

The problem with the shuttle is that the site says that it doesn't start until 3:00 - I'm going to get there around 11:00 so I can watch some practices. Its good for coming back though.

So one last question...lol! If I take the metro to Van Ness, any taxis around there? Or better to get off at Dupont Circle - there's always taxis there.
No one here is really phased by additional security procedures since they've been in place forever, but tourists are always up in arms, so I just thought I would warn you.

You might want to call & make sure you can get in at 11:00 a.m. I'm not sure what time the ticket-takers arrive. I have a credential so I can get in anytime, but I was under the impression that everyone else can't get in until a few hours before the first session of the day. I might be wrong though. (I've never really gotten there too early in previous years I've attended without the credential.)

I'm not really that familiar with the area around Van Ness, but during the day & rush hour, there seem to be plenty of cabs driving by. If you're talking about later at night after the tournament, you are probably better off going to Dupont. You definitely won't have a problem finding one there.

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Good thing you said that smucav - I just called - can't get in until 3:00.

Well, that stinks. Half the fun of going to a tournament is watching practice where you can be very close and take some pictures.

If Nico is scheduled on the main stadium on Wednesday, I may not go after all. Won't be able to see him close up so why bother. I'd rather save my time/money for a tournament where I can see him up close.

What a total bummer. I've looked so forward to this tournament.
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Good thing you said that smucav - I just called - can't get in until 3:00.

Well, that stinks. Half the fun of going to a tournament is watching practice where you can be very close and take some pictures.

If Nico is scheduled on the main stadium on Wednesday, I may not go after all. Won't be able to see him close up so why bother. I'd rather save my time/money for a tournament where I can see him up close.

What a total bummer. I've looked so forward to this tournament.
The stadium isn't that big (7,500 seats) so you can see well from even the upper deck. Also, during the week most of the series ticket holders only show up for the 7:00 p.m. matches (usually Roddick or Agassi) so you could probably move down to a closer seat during any of the other ones.
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The stadium isn't that big (7,500 seats) so you can see well from even the upper deck. Also, during the week most of the series ticket holders only show up for the 7:00 p.m. matches (usually Roddick or Agassi) so you could probably move down to a closer seat during any of the other ones.
Oh that's different. I guess I was thinking Arthur Ashe sized stadium...lol!
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The stadium is nowhere near the size of that monstrosity, you should definitely have some good sight lines, and the opportunity to move up, at least in the daytime.

Bags shouldn't be a problem, I didn't have my camera bag searched or anything. I don't know what their policy is on bringing food or whatever in, but the food isn't too expensive compared to, say the US Open.
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Good thing you said that smucav - I just called - can't get in until 3:00.

Well, that stinks. Half the fun of going to a tournament is watching practice where you can be very close and take some pictures.

If Nico is scheduled on the main stadium on Wednesday, I may not go after all. Won't be able to see him close up so why bother. I'd rather save my time/money for a tournament where I can see him up close.

What a total bummer. I've looked so forward to this tournament.
You should go. It's a chance to see something fun and relatively inexpensive, since you live so close. Why not take the opportunity? I know you're going to those other events, but still. And they're right about the stadium. On the tournament website on the tickets page, they have pictures of what it looks like viewing from each level... even the top level doesn't look far away at all.

I'm going to go Monday-Thursday and MAYBE Friday if Karol or Paul are still in the tournament. It doesn't look like I'll get the chance to meet Karol now since I can't go to practice sessions early and he already had a signing. Still, I want to go and see him play live so I can say I've seen my favorite player. If I don't meet him this time I will eventually.

I have a question for you, though. You said that Nico plays on Wednesday on the main court... how did you find that out? I'm on vacation here in DC and I'd like to do some other things during the week (like the outlet malls, lol... and the Holocaust Museum ) and I am having trouble planning because I can only get the tennis schedule late the night before. So if you have some way to find out who is playing when and where, that would be helpful to me as well.

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oh, KBF, go to the Holocaust Museum if you have the time. I was in DC on a conference a few years ago and I ducked out of it one day on my own to go over... it's really really worth it, but try to get a ticket beforehand as the lines during the summer can be really tough to get in. When I went, I did it through ticketmaster, even. I remember I spent the whole morning there. The ticketmaster fee was like $1 and I avoided like ALL the lines.

and omg Dupont Circle

I'm glad the security there is good, last week at LA it was laughable. They didn't look at anything or anyone's stuff and people were walking in with coolers and everything. It was a bit unnerving, even at really really small-time tourneys like Scottsdale, they took a quick peek in the bag.

That stinks that even with matches not starting til 4pm they won't open the gates til 3. If they let people in to watch practices and stuff, I bet they'd sell food and stuff and make some money

Oh and have tons of fun to all who are going
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You should go. It's a chance to see something fun and relatively inexpensive, since you live so close. Why not take the opportunity? I know you're going to those other events, but still. And they're right about the stadium. On the tournament website on the tickets page, they have pictures of what it looks like viewing from each level... even the top level doesn't look far away at all.

I'm going to go Monday-Thursday and MAYBE Friday if Karol or Paul are still in the tournament. It doesn't look like I'll get the chance to meet Karol now since I can't go to practice sessions early and he already had a signing. Still, I want to go and see him play live so I can say I've seen my favorite player. If I don't meet him this time I will eventually.

I have a question for you, though. You said that Nico plays on Wednesday on the main court... how did you find that out? I'm on vacation here in DC and I'd like to do some other things during the week (like the outlet malls, lol... and the Holocaust Museum ) and I am having trouble planning because I can only get the tennis schedule late the night before. So if you have some way to find out who is playing when and where, that would be helpful to me as well.

Thanks!
I decided that I have to go no matter what...lol! Nico is 3 hours from me - I can't have him that close and not go see him after not seeing him since last year's US Open! Just the idea that he's here in the US - I can't concentrate on work...

The things we do to see our favorite players - all this money, vacation time, effort, I'll have to get a part time job to pay it all off... ... yet, I have to do it...lol!

The only reason that I was able to know about Wednesday was that Nico's dad told the Chilean newspapers that he was playing Wednesday.

But don't know if he's playing on the main stadium - he probably won't be but I was imagining worst case scenario. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they have him on an outer court.

Once Wed is over though you can figure 3rd round Thurs, QF Friday, SFs Sat, and final Sunday. So if Karol and/or Paul are still in - you'll can count on those unless it rains (which I don't think that it is supposed to from what I remember from looking at weather.com from Wed to Fri).

Hope you get to see them!!!
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and omg Dupont Circle

That stinks that even with matches not starting til 4pm they won't open the gates til 3. If they let people in to watch practices and stuff, I bet they'd sell food and stuff and make some money
I love Dupont Circle too!

And this is typical tennis - no accessibility to the players. When I go to Yankee Stadium, I know that if I get there when the gates open, I can see batting practice up close. If I go right when the doors open at Madison Square Garden, I can watch the Rangers warmup up close.

Tennis...makes life as rough as possible as it can for the fans. Guys practicing when the fans can't see them.

Some touranments don't even allow you to see practice.

When I'm at the US Open, I have to run from court to court to court to see if my favorites have come on (unlike Cincy which posts the practice times). And last year, practice day US Open, they put Roger (who the majority of people came to see) in AA stadium which isn't open to the public on practice day. Nice to the fans, huh?

And the 4:00 p.m. start really screwed me up. I had to get a hotel room because it will be over so late - more money.
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that seems true. Unfortunate, but true.

I remember last year in Houston when I went it didn't start til 4pm some days. I never understood why. lol.
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that seems true. Unfortunate, but true.

I remember last year in Houston when I went it didn't start til 4pm some days. I never understood why. lol.
So people like me can go after work, and not have to take time off

DC is a very 9-5 working kind of town. If they want the politcal people, etc. to show up, they have to schedule the matches for the evenings.
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