Are you planning on attending one of the most exciting tennis tournaments in the world, the US Open?
This event is one of the four Grand Slam events in tennis (the others being Wimbledon, Paris, and the Australian Open) and thus attracts the world’s top players each year.
When and Where
The US Open tennis occurs annually at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York in the Flushing Meadows area.
This facility was built specifically for tennis and includes several courts and seating areas for spectators and is a great venue in terms of atmosphere to see a match.
The next tournament takes place from 28th August through to 10th September 2023.
Getting to the Stadium
By far the easiest way to get to the stadium during the tournament is to travel by subway if you are using public transport. The options though are below:
1. Arriving by Subway or Bus
The closest subway station is Mets-Willets Point Station, located just one block away from the entrance to the tennis center. The number 7 train stops at this station.
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) also provides direct access to the stadium.
The Q48 bus will also take you right outside the stadium.
2. Arriving by Car
If you’re driving to the tournament, there are a few options:
- Parking is available both on-site at the BJK NTC and in off-site parking lots located around Flushing Meadows Park.
- Try to avoid driving to the stadium if you can and use the mass transit system.
3. Arriving by Taxi or Rideshare Service
If you’re taking a taxi or rideshare service to the tournament, there are two entrances you can use:
- The main entrance on 111th Street is the largest and most popular entrance. This is the closest of all ride services.
- There is a smaller drop-off at Booth Memorial Avenue, although it is not as convenient as the main entrance.
Accommodation for the US Open and Where to Stay
You can stay anywhere in central NYC and use the mass transit system subway or buses to get to the stadium, so there is no need to stay in Queens or Flushing Meadows unless you really wish to.
Ticket Information and Pricing Options
You can also get tickets at the gate when you arrive at the event, but they tend to be more expensive this way and they are often sold out.
There are different ticket options and these include:
- Grounds Admission
- Single Session Tickets
- Full Series Plans
1. What is the dress code?
When attending the US Open, it’s important to dress appropriately and be prepared for a long day of watching tennis matches.
Make sure you bring comfortable shoes and clothing, sunscreen and a hat to protect you from the sun, a snack and drinks to keep you hydrated during the day.
Fans at the US Open do not tend to dress as formally as they do at Wimbledon, but smart casual is a good choice.
2. How much do tickets to the US Open typically cost?
The prices vary greatly depending on what round the tickets are for and what seats you are seeking to get.
As a guide, expect to pay USD $200 plus for a basic seat with grounds permission and anything up to a few thousand for premier seats (especially for later-round matches).
3. What is the schedule of matches for the US Open?
The match schedule varies each day but day sessions tend to begin around 11:00 AM, while evening sessions start around 7:00 PM.
You can check the up-to-date schedule of play here.
4. Are there any restrictions on what I can bring into the venue?
There are restrictions on the size and type of bags you can bring, as well as prohibited items like alcohol, large containers, and selfie sticks.
5. Are there any special events or activities happening during the tournament?
Yes, the US Open often hosts various special events, including Kids’ Day, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, and fan experiences.
6. Can I watch practices or matches on the outer courts?
Yes, you can watch practice sessions on the outer courts for free with Grounds Admission tickets.
7. What amenities and facilities are available at the US Open venue?
The venue offers a variety of food options, restrooms, seating areas, and souvenir shops.
8. Is there an official US Open app for updates and information?
Yes, there is an official US Open app that provides real-time updates, schedules, scores, and other essential information.
You can find the app here.
9. What happens if it rains during the tournament? Are matches rescheduled or canceled?
Matches can be rescheduled to different courts or different days if there’s rain.
There are covered stadiums for main matches, which helps minimize disruptions due to weather.
10. What is the etiquette for taking photos during the match?
At the US Open, photography etiquette should be taken seriously.
There are certain times when taking photos is not allowed, particularly during matches because it will inevitably distract or interrupt the players and play otherwise.
Photographs can normally be taken during warm-up sessions, whilst during the match, photographs may only be taken at changeovers.
You should also refrain from using any video equipment or audio recording devices during a match.
Sports Fans in NYC
6 Attractions to See in NYC Whilst in the City
If you are visiting NYC to see the tennis are not from NYC, it is well worth adding on a few days to explore this magnificent city.
There is really so much to do and see in NYC no matter what your interests and here are 7 attractions I have visited that I can recommend:
1. The Empire State Building
One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the observation deck on the 86th floor offers a wonderful view of Manhatten and is a must-do.
2. Central Park
Spend an afternoon walking around and enjoying Central Park’s many fields, or take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride around the lake.
I would actually highly recommend doing the free Central Park walking tour (you just tip what you feel the tour is worth to you afterward). It’s a great way to learn about the history of the park whilst also walking through it.
3. Brooklyn Bridge
This massive bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn has become an iconic symbol of NYC. The best way to experience it is by walking across the bridge and taking in the breathtaking views of both sides of the city.
4. Statue of Liberty
This is another icon attraction that is well worth seeing and getting a photo of.
What you can do is take the free Staten Island Ferry and get a glimpse of the statue without any expense!
5. Times Square
This world-famous square is home to bright lights, big screens, and endless entertainment. From musicians and dancers performing in the streets, to a variety of fascinating shops and restaurants, Times Square has something for everyone.
6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
There are so many world-class museums in NYC that you would need a few weeks here to take them all in.
I highly recommend the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum.
Sports Travel Booking Resources
Traveling around the world to watch & experience sports, I tend to always use the same resources for booking trips. These are the ones I use most frequently and that I find to have great customer support and competitive prices.
- Sports Event Tickets – Tickets for all sporting events
- Get Your Guide – is an excellent site as a one-stop shop for booking attractions, local tours, activities, and excursions. Great customer service and an easy-to-use site.
- Booking.com – The best site I have found for hotel and accommodation bookings.
- Flights – are also now offered by booking.com and as I love the brand this is my first port of call now for flights.
- Safety Wing Travel Insurance – I love Saftey Wing as they cover everything I need to be covered and they have a simple-to-use site, and again, I have found their customer service very good, when I needed to ask questions.
- Hostelworld – Book backpacker hostel rooms around the world with Hostel World.