How to buy US Open tickets

Roland Garros is just around the corner, but it’s already time your tickets for the US Open! Here’s my guide to help you buy tickets. If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to answer.

The events

2016 US Open: Wawrinka defeats Djokovic

Qualifyings – 22 to 25 August 2017

Access to the qualifying tournament, the week before the main tournament starts, is free. It is also the best time to watch top players practicing.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day – 26 August 2017

Kids and their families can enjoy free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, the live tennis and music show features exhibition matches and skills competitions with top players, as well as musical performances.
Learn more at http://www.arthurashekidsday.com/.

US Open – 28 August to 10 September 2017

Hot, loud, electric, the US Open is a tournament like no other, and has been the scene of some of the craziest tennis matches, like the infamous McEnroe-Nastase in 1979, or Jimmy Connors’ run to the semifinals in 1991.
The Billie Jean King center, home of the US Open, has transformed a lot in the recent years: Arthur Ashe Stadium now has an amazing retractable roof, the new Grandstand debuted last year, and 10 outside courts were renovated.

The courts

Arthur Ashe stadium

Arthur Ashe stadium

With a capacity of 23,771 seats, the Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis facility in the world. With the retractable roof added last year, there’s no risk anymore to have to play the men’s final on a Monday or Tuesday!
Check out Arthur Ashe’s seating chart.

Louis Armstrong

The old Louis Armstrong Stadium has been demolished and will be replaced by a temporary stadium seating 8,800 spectators. The temporary stadium will be removed next year and the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, with a retractable roof, will open. Check out Louis Armstrong Stadium update.

Grandstand

The new Grandstand, a 8,125 seat stadium, which opened in 2016, is the third largest stadium in the center, and replaces the Old Grandstand, which will be torn down when Louis Armstrong Stadium is replaced in 2018.

The tickets

Rafael Nadal at practice, 2016 US Open

Individual tickets

Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 12. American Express Card Members will have access to an early on-sale starting Monday, June 5, and running through Saturday, June 10.

There are 4 different type of types of day session tickets:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium along with first-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all of the field courts.
Louis Armstrong Stadium: assigned seat in Louis Armstrong Stadium, along with first-come, first-served access to the Grandstand and all of the field courts. Louis Armstrong tickets are only sold for the first nine days of the tournament.
Grandstand Stadium: assigned seat in the Grandstand Stadium, along with first-come, first-served access to all of the field courts. Grandstand tickets are only sold for the first eight days of the tournament.
Grounds Admission: provides first-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all of the field courts. Grounds Admissions are only sold for the first eight days of the tournament.

and one type of evening session tickets:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: provides an assigned seat in the main stadium for any matches scheduled to take place in Arthur Ashe Stadium on a given evening.

Ticket plans

Ticket plans offer a better rate than tickets bought separately. They will go on sale on Tuesday, May 16.

Arthur Ashe plans:
full series: all sessions, Monday 28 August to Sunday 10 September. From $2,200.
first week: 9 sessions, Monday 28 August to Friday 1st September. From $550.
opening sessions: 5 sessions, every first-round session, Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 August. From $360.
evening sessions: 14 sessions, all evening sessions plus Finals weekend. From $1,100.
pre-holiday: 4 sessions, Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1st September. From $270.
holiday weekend: 7 sessions, Friday 1st to Monday 4 September. From $550.
holiday evening: 4 sessions, Friday 1st to Monday 4 September. From $330.
championship week: 8 sessions, Tuesday 5 to Sunday 10 September. From $750.

Other plans:
Louis Armstrong: 9 sessions, all day sessions, Monday 28 August to Tuesday 5 September. From $950.
Grandstand: 8 sessions, Monday 28 August to Monday 4 September. $675.

Pricing shown is for reference only from 2016.

Official travel packages

Learn more at www.tours4tennis.com or call 1-800-258-3664 or 1-858-675-3555.

Booking limits

For individual tickets, there is a limit of:
– 8 Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for any individual day session
– 16 Arthur Ashe Stadium day session tickets in total
– 8 Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for any individual night session
– 16 Arthur Ashe Stadium night session tickets in total
– 8 Louis Armstrong Stadium tickets per session
– 16 Louis Armstrong Stadium tickets in total
– 8 Grounds Admission tickets per session
– 16 Grounds Admission tickets in total

There is an 8 ticket limit per account for ticket plans, with the exception of Grandstand where there is a 4 ticket limit per account.

How to order tickets

US Open Tennis

Ticket plans go on sale on Tuesday, May 16, individual tickets on Monday, June 12.

Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office

You can buy tickets directly on site. Ticket box office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am. to 5 pm. and Saturdays, 10 am. to 4 pm. The box office is closed Sundays and July 4.

Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster is the official ticket partner of the US Open. Ticket plans are on sale here.

Resale

The USTA has partnered with the US Open Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster, to serve as the exclusive resale partner for the US Open. Ticket holders now have the opportunity to resell their unused tickets in a secured fan-to-fan environment. Tickets are priced by the listing seller and may be priced above face value.

Photo credit: Chih-Yao Hsu (1), Faberg Tour Experience (2,3), Marianne Bevis (4), Shinya Suzuki (5)

1978 US Open

1978 was the first year the US Open was played at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows after having been organized at the West Side Tennis Club venue in Forest Hill since 1915. It was also the first time the tournament was played on hard courts: it was originally played on grass until Forest Hills switched to Har-Tru clay courts in 1975. Jimmy Connors is the only player to have won the US Open on all three surfaces.

Extract from Inside tennis – a season on the pro tour by Peter Bodo and June Harrison:

By late August, summer weighs heavily on the city of New York; each day seems like one long tepid breath drawn until dusk, then exhaled slowly through the night. The US Open is about to begin.

The USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, Queens, has been completed just in time to host the tournament that will henceforth call it home. A boardwalk leads from the subway to the new facility, which is adjacent to Shea Stadium, the sprawling home of the New York Mets and Jets. This boardwalk crosses over a subway yard, where hundreds of cars sit idle, covered with graffiti. The walk is lined with flags: American flags. Over seventy of them, counting those on top of the new Louis Armstrong Stadium. There isn’t a foreign standard in sight, because the USTA is bullish on the American role in international tennis.

The Americans leaped on the treadmill of professionalism faster than their international counterparts. As part of its massive attempt to popularize the sport, the USTA abandoned the West Side Tennis Club in nearby Forest Hills, a site redolent of tradition and all the genteel qualities associated with tennis. Although the stadium at Forest Hills held 13,500, the USTA deemed it to small. The hordes that descended on the 10.5 acres of the West Side Tennis Club created impossibly crowded conditions. Besides, parking facilities were inadequate, and this meant a great deal to some people. When the club rejected expansion proposals in 1977, USTA president Slew Hester decided to move the tournament to a newer, bigger home.

Louis Armstrong Stadium, the centerpiece of the National Tennis Center, is a bowl of epic proportions; its sheer sides give over 20,000 spectators a dizzying view of the main court. But the finest court at the site is in the grandstand, which nestles against one side of the stadium in much the same way that the Number One Court nestles against the Centre Court at Wimbledon. Sunken about ten feet below ground level, the court is surrounded on three sides by seats for about 6,000 spectators, who lean in over the players like aficionados around a bullring.
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US Open Trivia

– The US Open has been played on 3 different surfaces: it was originally played on grass until Forest Hills switched to Har-Tru clay courts in 1975. In 1978, the event moved from Forest Hills to its current home at Flushing Meadows, and the surface changed again, to the current DecoTurf.
Jimmy Connors is the only player to have won the US Open on all three surfaces.

– The main court is located at the 24,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium, named after Arthur Ashe, the African American tennis player who won the inaugural men’s final of the US Open in 1968.
Court Number 2 is Louis Armstrong Stadium, which stood as the main stadium until the completion of Ashe stadium. Court Number 3 is the Grandstand Stadium, which is attached to the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

-In 1970, the US Open was the first Grand Slam tournament to use the tie breaker. At the time, it was a 9 point playoff with the first player to 5 winning. The US Open is still the only Grand Slam tournament to use tie breakers in the third set for women and the fifth set for men.

-In 1975, the US Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to hold matches at night. Fewer than 5,000 fans turned out to watch the very first night match

Tracy Austin is the youngest singles champion. She was 16 years 8 months and 28 days when she won in 1979. Besides Austin, Maureen Connolly and Martina Hingis also won the women’s singles title before their 17th birthdays.

Pete Sampras is the male youngest singles champion. He was 19 years and 28 days when he beat Andre Agassi in 1990.

– The longest match on record in the history of the U.S. Championships came on Sept. 12, 1992, when Stefan Edberg and Michael Chang played for five hours and 26 minutes in the men’s singles semifinals, before Edberg won 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4.

– In 2006, the US Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to implement instant replay reviews of calls, using Hawk-Eye.

– In 2007, Roger Federer became the first men’s singles player to win 4 consecutive US Open.