2011 US Open visitor guide

Here’s a quick visitor’s guide if you plan to attend this year’s US Open.

Arthur Ashe Kids Day kicks off the 2011 US Open by bringing the sports and entertainment worlds together for a full day tennis and music festival for children and family, including interactive games, musical entertainment and free tennis clinics. The ground open at 9:30 am on Saturday, August 27. Admission is free for the interactive games and clinics with top pros. Special tennis and music shows inside Arthur Ashe Stadium do require tickets.
This year’s lineup will feature defending champions Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters, world No.1 ranked Novak Djokovic, 2003 US Open Champion Andy Roddick but also actor Bradley Cooper, basketball player Carmelo Anthony and singer Cody Simpson.

Kids' Day

Tickets


Most popular sessions and the best seats at the US Open quickly, so you better purchase your tickets in advance. You can buy them at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Box Office Open, online at Ticketmaster.com or you can call Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX.
If you plan to attend several sessions of the 2011 US Open, purchase a ticket plan to reserve your seats in advance. Each plan is slightly different in that they each cover a different number of day and/or evening sessions.
Check out Tickets FAQ on the US Open Official Website for more info.

Transportation


The US Open takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. To get there, buy a Metrocard, and take the n°7 train to Wilets Point – Shea Stadium, it’s just a 45 minutes ride from Grand Central Terminal.
Find more details on the MTA Web site.

Exit: Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium

Security

Spectators are screened before passing through the entry gates, so arrive early if you want to avoid delays. Gates open at 10PM for day sessions and 6PM at night.
There is a limit of one bag per person (no larger than 12”Wx12”HX16”L) and all bags are subject to search. Backpacks, glass bottles, cans, professional video cameras, laptops and tennis rackets are forbidden.
Check out the official Website for the full set of guidelines.

Food

There’s a vast selection of fast food options available in the “Food Village” including hot dogs, burgers, ice cream, pizza, deli sandwiches, sushi and even indian food.
Ringing the court, there are also five restaurants – a steakhouse, clubhouse, cafe, seafood restaurant and a Cuban bistro – most of which strongly suggest reservations.
Eating at the US Open is convenient but expensive. There are two alternatives:

- you can bring your own food and beverage. Just make sure beverages are in plastic and not glass bottles or cans, which are prohibited.
– or you can leave the U.S. Open grounds to eat. The tournament does allow in-and-out (until 6pm) but make sure you get stamped onyour way out AND keep your ticket stub or you won’t get back in. Try one of the restaurants picked by Seriouseats.com

Players


Just because your favorite players aren’t schedule to play on the day you attend the US Open, doesn’t mean you can’t see them in action. Ask a security guard what time your favorite player practices, and watch him hit balls for an hour.
The US Open Qualifying Tournament is also a fun way to enjoy the US Open without paying US Open prices. The free four-day Qualifying Tournament is held on field courts at the USTA National Tennis Center (not at Arthur Ashe Stadium).
Although the top players don’t need to qualify, many of them will spend this time practicing at the USTA Tennis Center.

Rafael Nadal

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