The Ins And Outs Of The Open

The U.S. Open kicks off in Queens this Monday, August 25th, and runs through September 8th. Here’s what you need to know if you’re eager to see powerhouse Serena Williams defend her 2013 Singles title:

  • You can purchase tickets at the US Open online, via Ticketmaster or at the box office at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
  • It’s easy as pie to get there–a short subway ride from Manhattan (#7 train to the Mets-Point Willet Station).
  • The biggest grandstand, Arthur Ashe, is reserved seating only. Portions of the Louis Armstrong stadium and all of the twenty smaller outdoor courts are first come, first served.
  • Probably the best ticket to get is the daily Grounds Pass (about $67) which is sold through September 1st. It provides access to all of the courts (except Ashe) all day long. There’s nothing like strolling around and spotting a Top 20 player or happening upon the Next Big Thing in action.
  • And don’t worry, you won’t starve. There are plenty of choices for food, like Hill Country Barbecue, Carnegie Deli, Pat LaFrieda Meat Co. and Morris Grilled Cheese Truck. Oh–and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Because ice cream is important, right?

So bring a bottle of sunscreen, comfy shoes and a good hat and enjoy the day!

Quick tip: Time Out New York offers 40% off tickets to select sessions. Click here to find out more.

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