The annual U.S. Open begins tomorrow, and tennis superstars from around the world are set to compete in the Grand Slam at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens. Some super fans plan way in advance, but if you’re more of a last-minute person, the ticket options can be a little confusing. We’re here to help.
All your questioned, answered about tickets at the 2023 U.S. Open:
What ticket options are there?
For most of the tournament, there’s two sessions each day—a day session (which begins at 11 a.m.) and a night session (which starts at 7 p.m.). There are four main types of tickets you can purchase to the Open: to Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand, or a Grounds Pass.
Here’s what each one gets you:
Arthur Ashe Stadium:
- Reserved seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium for all its matches during the session you pick
- General Admission areas of Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand Stadium, side courts, and the grounds
Louis Armstrong Stadium:
- Reserved seats in Louis Armstrong Stadium during the session you pick*
- General Admission areas of Grandstand Stadium, side courts, and the grounds
*Armstrong night session tickets are only sold for the first six nights.
Grandstand (only day session)
- Reserved seats in Grandstand
- General Admission areas of Louis Armstrong Stadium, side courts, and the grounds
Grounds Pass (only day session)
- General Admission areas of Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand Stadium, side courts, and grounds
What ticket should I get?
If it’s not clear above, there’s General Admission seating at Grandstand and Louis Armstrong Stadium (it’s first come, first served—er, first seated), so we wouldn’t really recommend getting tickets to either of those if you’re debating which type of ticket to buy. However, the only way you can get into Arthur Ashe Stadium is with an Ashe ticket.
In this writer’s humble opinion, it essentially comes down to an Ashe ticket or a Grounds Pass. If you’re looking to see a superstar play, absolutely purchase a ticket to Ashe, as there’s definitely going to be an exciting match during both day and night sessions. That’s where the tournament puts its marquee matches—so you’ll see the world no. 1s play there, and American stars.
If you’re just looking to go for the vibes (and drink plenty of Honey Deuces), get a Grounds Pass during the first week so you can wander around and see as much as possible.
What seats should I get?
The best seats are always going to be the ones closer to the court, and if you’re not trying to turn your head back and forth each point, we recommend sitting behind the baseline or on the corner of the court.
When should I get tickets?
The order of play for each day is not announced until the day before, so you could hypothetically wait to get tickets until you see the line-up. We don’t recommend doing this, as prices will definitely jump after who’s playing is announced.
However, if you’re going by the stars, you can kinda guess who is going to play on what day by the schedule of the first two days: barring any rain delays, players typically are on an every-other-day schedule. For example, if Coco Gauff is playing Monday, if she wins, she’ll play again Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, and so forth. Typically the top seeds alternate day and night sessions, too. So if Carlos Alcaraz’s first match is a night session, there’s a high likelihood (if he wins), his second match will be during the day session.
Where can I actually buy U.S. Open tickets?
You can purchase them on Ticketmaster, or resale sites like StubHub, SeatGeek, and VividSeats. StubHub will likely have the cheapest options.
Get U.S. Open tickets on StubHub
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Get U.S. Open tickets on VividSeats
Get U.S. Open tickets on SeatGeek
Ticket sites will list each day by date, and session—so the first day there’s session 1 (day), session 2 (night), the second day goes to session 3 (day), session 4 (night), and so on and so forth.
And, if you can’t get tickets this year, no worries: ESPN will air the entire tournament, every day, and if you don’t have cable, you can watch on ESPN+. Sign up for ESPN+
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