US Open Tennis Gates Open: The US Open was named 2019 Sports Event of the Year by Sports Business Journal magazine, in part because there is so much to see and do every day during the fortnight. So to make sure you catch all the highlights and high notes of a day—or evening—at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, we’ve put together a sample itinerary to help you make your way around the grounds.
Prior to arriving, download the official US Open App, which you can use as your guide around the grounds to find out what matches are being played where. And don’t forget US Open tickets are mobile-only, so make sure you add your tickets to your wallet for quick entry.
We recommend you take mass transit, as parking will be limited, especially on Mets conflict dates.
10 a.m.: Arrive on site. Matches start at 11 a.m., but the gates open at least an hour in advance (for those with Arthur Ashe Stadium day session tickets and grounds passes; the gates typically open for night session tickets at 6 p.m.). Travel light so you can go express through the entry gates—make sure to view what you can bring onto the grounds—and take some time to wander around. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center received an extensive makeover in 2016, so there is plenty to see and explore before play begins, including shops, entertainment and other experiences. Don’t forget to grab a snack—a full day of tennis awaits, and there is plenty to see everywhere you turn at the US Open.
11 a.m.: Matches begin in the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, which debuted in 2018, and on the rest of the outer courts, so get a daily drawsheet and take your pick on where you want to start your day of tennis!
12 p.m.: Find your seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The largest tennis stadium among the Grand Slam events, and one of the grandest in the world, there is no stage quite like it in tennis. No need to worry about the weather; if it’s raining, the roof will be closed.
12:30 p.m.: Hit the outer courts and check out the recently renovated South Plaza. The field courts allow you to 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 surf the South Plaza concourse and catch matches both in the Grandstand (which debuted in 2016) and on Court 17; with seats close to the action and the playing surfaces sunk a few feet below ground level, they are an experience unlike any other at the US Open.
2:30 p.m.: Grab lunch. Why so late? Because lines are shorter later in the day, but the options are as vast as ever. Between the concessions, Food Village and various restaurants in and around Arthur Ashe Stadium, there is no shortage of tantalizing culinary experiences at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. If you want a quick bite, go to the Food Village. For a sit-down meal, try Aces, Champions Bar & Grill, Mojito, Patio Cafe or the US Open Club. Check out all the food and drink options here. While you’re in the area, don’t miss the recently-unveiled tribute to tennis legend Althea Gibson, a sculpture outside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Plus, connect to the WiFi USOPENWIFI and open the US Open App on your smartphone. From there, tap “More” to navigate to the “Discover” section, where you’ll be able to scan the Althea Gibson base of the statue or the Court of Champions on your phone for a special augmented reality experience!
3 p.m.: Check out the practice courts. A full day will give you a chance to see most of your favorite players in action, and you’ll be able to catch many more warming up for matches later that day or even the next. Check the practice schedule, which is updated daily. With the pavilion overlooking the practice courts and Courts 4-5-6, there are plenty of good spots to see the stars in action—and there is no better place to be if you want to try to get your favorite player’s autograph.
3:30 p.m.: Head over to Louis Armstrong Stadium. The biggest names may play in Arthur Ashe Stadium, but there are tons of great matches around the grounds—and Armstrong features some of the most attractive matchups in a more intimate setting.
5 p.m.: Take a break and grab a drink. For a quick refresher, try the Heineken booths, Kim Crawford Wine Bar and the Grey Goose Bar.
9 p.m.: Take some time to wander to the top decks of Arthur Ashe Stadium and look out over the grounds. The US Open shines brightest at night, with the fountains and the Unisphere from the World’s Fair creating a scenic backdrop. (Note: You do need separate tickets for the day and evening sessions in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Check out our guide to getting the hottest US Open tickets here.)
Midnight-2 a.m.: Head home. Night matches at the US Open have a history of stretching past midnight, and the action heats up as the clock winds down.