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A first-timers guide to the US Open

Arthur Ashe Stadium is a must-see for anyone making their first trip to the US Open in 2014.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Is this your first time at the US Open? If so, we’ve got you covered, from the moment the gates open until the all the matches end.

So check out all the exciting action across the grounds – and here’s a sample schedule to help guide your day:

10:00 a.m.: Arrive on site

  • Matches start at 11 a.m. but the gates open at 10, so get here early and explore.
  • Travel light so you can go express through the entry gates.
  • The East Gate and South Gate are best.
  • Check out our shops, entertainment and other attractions like the US Open American Express Fan Experience.
  • Be sure to stop by the new US Open of Tomorrow space to see how the US Open is redefining spectacular. 

11:00 a.m.: Find your seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium

  • It’s the largest tennis stadium among the Grand Slam events – there is no stage quite like it in tennis.

12:30 p.m.: Head over to Louis Armstrong Stadium and the Grandstand

  • The biggest names may play in Arthur Ashe Stadium, but there are tons of great matches around the grounds.
  • Louis Armstrong Stadium and the Grandstand get you up close to the action.

2:00 p.m.: Grab lunch

  • The lines are shorter later in the day but the options are as vast as ever.
  • Go the Food Village for world-class cuisine – be sure to check out the new Grilled Cheese truck by Court 17.
  • For a sit-down meal, try Aces, Champions Bar & Grill, Mojito, Patio Cafe or the US Open Club.

2:30 p.m.: Hit the outer courts

  • Get within a few feet of the court, giving you a true appreciation of just how talented the world’s best players really are.
  • Make sure to catch a match on Court 17; with the playing surface below ground level, it is an experience unlike any other at the US Open – and an unquestioned fan favorite.

4:00 p.m.: Check out the practice courts

  • New for this year, there is a pavilion overlooking the practice courts and Courts 4-5-6 – there has never been a better time to see the stars in action.
  • This is also a great spot to get your favorite player’s autograph.

5:00 p.m.: Take a break and grab a drink

  • Try Grey Goose Bar for a Honey Duece – the US Open Signature cocktail is a must-have.
  • Stop by the Heineken Red Star Café, with seating upstairs.
  • Have a quick drink at the Moet & Chandon Terrace, Baseline Cocktails, or Wine Bar Food.

9:00 p.m.: Experience nighttime in Arthur Ashe

  • The energy is electric and unparalleled.
  • The US Open shines brightest at night, with the fountains and the Unisphere from the World’s Fair creating a scenic backdrop against the NYC skyline.

12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.: Head home

  • Night matches at the US Open have a history of stretching past midnight, and the action heats up as the clocks winds down
  • Take mass transit and avoid the Whitestone Bridge traffic.

For more information on attending the 2014 US Open, please call 718.760.6200.