The US Open spans multiple weeks and multiple venues, but the players themselves are tethered to the baseline, hitting ground strokes and occasionally running to the net only to run back to the baseline. Don’t make the same mistake of settling into one location: Not only will your neck hurt from watching the ball go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, but you’ll miss out on a whole lot of competitive tennis happening everywhere.
During the first eight days of the tournament, grounds passes are available for $67-$78 bucks, far less than matches later in the proceedings. You’ll be free to wander around, dining at gourmet restaurants and drinking Heinekens while bouncing from match to match at Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand, and all of the field courts (including practice fields). The games are pretty exciting too, as the players tend to be more evenly matched this early in the tournament before they are seeded—it’s do or die time for most! Plus, if the intensity ramps up, you’ll be essentially courtside so you won’t miss a single serve.
The savings and flexibility continue into finals weekend, where grounds passes are only $25 for September 4 through September 8. Finals Weekend grounds passes will be available for sale beginning August 29 at usopen.org or at the US Open Box Office. At this point you should be familiar with the best spots to catch games and the nooks and crannies available to escape crowds and have a quick drink before the next match. Or seven. All the proper info about grounds admission can be found at usopen.org/tickets, the one stop you should make before you’re free to wander.