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“US Open - 2013”

USTA National Tennis Center
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Owner description: Once known as the U.S. National Championships, the US Open originated as a single men’s tournament held solely for entertainment purposes back in 1881. Not long after, women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles also became a part of the growing annual tradition.
Reviewed September 5, 2013

This review is about steps you can take to make your experience easier. Been attending the US Open for the past 25 years and make 3 or more visits for each year's tournament.

Following the lead of the Mets fans, we discovered a few years ago that free parking can be had by parking under the highway leading to Citi Field. Done it nine times over the past three years with no incidence. The walk is a little longer than parking at Citi Field, but most attendees are tennis players and should have no problems.

The next hint is mostly for males as female attendees usually have a bag and can't escape the security bag check line. However, males can bring in food and drinks and still use the no bag line. First wear cargo shorts to give yourself plenty of pockets. Stuff the sandwiches and fruit plus a fold up bag into the various pockets. Drinks can only be in plastic bottles so use a clear gallon baggie to hold your bottled water and napkins, etc. At the security checkpoint, hold up the clear bag and presto; you are onto the grounds quickly. After you enter, empty everything into the fold up bag.

Next stop for the American Express cardholders in their booth for the free radio to listen to matches broadcasted. This will you to keep in touch with what is happening on the show courts.

If you are planning on going into Armstrong Stadium and the lines are long to get in, enter via gate 1 and climb the stairs to the top of the stadium. No need to wait for change-overs and the lines. Best seats are in the southeast corner as these seats offer the most leg room.

Enjoy the tennis and ground passes gets you everywhere but the oversized and poor fan friendly venue named Arthur Ashe Stadium.

3  Thank Bernie O
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We attended the US Open Tennis and had a great time. Sure, there are plenty of people and some long lines to get in. But everyone seemed relaxed and polite. The staff was easy-going and helpful. Just a positive atmosphere. We had fun with day passes that allowed us to stroll from venue to venue as matches developed. The day passes are less expensive than the passes that allow access to Ashe stadium events, but as a practical matter that did not make much difference during the first week. We could still see 19 of the 20 matches underway at any given time during the day and into the wee hours of the night. We had great seats, for example, for Venus Williams's match. Don't go if you fear crowds; but by all means do go if you like to be among a lot of people behaving well and having a good time.

Thank t d
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

WOW, my first time at a major. What nice organisation with the volume of people going through. Had 3 wonderful days there, Nice unique Uni-sphere with great atmosphere! Nice to have sat in the biggest tennis stadium and watched the biggest names.

Thank Trustme52
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Everything was good except for confusion over parking lot H where shuttles from hotels come in and go out.
I was going for the first time to the hotel from Tennis Center and asked several times at the AmEx guest service booth, at the gates, called a few times. They all pointed to parking lot H near South Gate which is only half way true and did not work for me. The hotel front desk told me it is near Science Museum.

AmEx map shows parking lot H near South Gate and there is one, but shuttle from my hotel (and a few others) come in and go out from a circle near Science Museum on the West side of the Tennis center.
There is another parking lot H near Science Museum on the West side of the Tennis center. To get there you have to catch the North Fork Express shuttle which runs between South Gate and another parking lot H near Science Museum. It runs every 15 min and it is about 3-5 min ride to the circle. The circle is around a monument or a sculpture ( it was hard to see it at night) and next to clearly marked “parking lot H”.
I saw some people walk around from South Gate to Science Museum instead for waiting on North Fork Express.

Parking map on the usopen.org is more correct, (though it does show an entrance to the Tennis Center directly from parking lot H near Science Museum which [the entrance] I could not find). It might be there further north though.

Thank WindsurfingGuy
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

It's a once in a life time adventure but plan ahead because its pretty expensive there are a lot of things to do close by like the museum, Zoo and catching a Mets game and awesome selection of food.

Thank Anthony R
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