The US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium
The USTA National Tennis Center is the host venue for the United States Open tennis tournament, and Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium are the two most well-known venues inside the NTC. There are 22 tennis courts on the complex, and during the tournament they all serve some capacity but the top three courts are where the majority of the big matches take place. The best matches are at Arthur Ashe Stadium (Court 1). The matches scheduled on Louis Armstrong Stadium (Court 2) also feature many of the top players. The Grandstand (Court 3) has some limited reserved seating for matches there during the first part of the tourney. Reserved seats are available in Ashe, Louie Armstrong and the Grandstand; although the later two also offer general admission seating. Grounds passes allow access to non-reserved areas of Louis Armstrong, the Grandstand and the other outer courts. The main court (Court 1) is located inside Arthur Ashe Stadium seats approximately 22,500 tennis fans, and requires a reserved ticket. The tournament is played on a hard-court surface and Arthur Ashe Stadium has a retractable roof which closes for inclement weather.
There are plenty of terrific options for tickets when you attend the US Open Tennis Tournament. Fans attending matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium will want to determine how elevated from the court they want to be and then choose either Court side seating, Loge seats or Promenade tickets. Another consideration is whether you want to sit on the side of the court, which offers nice view of action but will keep your head moving back-and-forth to follow the volleys. Or fans can sit behind the court (on the end of the court behind where they serve) which provides a straight-on view of the action with a better view of the action in the near court. Another consideration for fans attending a day session of the US Open is whether they are fine to sit in the sun which shines on the east side of the venue (e.g.- Sections 107-113). Fans who want to sit in shade during day sessions will want to find tickets on the west side of Arthur Ashe (e.g.- Sections 125-131).
Courtside boxes get you so close to the action that you can hear the players talking on the court. These are the most prestigious seats available to purchase at the US Open tournament. Courtside level seats are located in Sections 1 to 67. Seats in this area are considered box seats because each box is enclosed by a set of railing. Most boxes accommodate 8 seats arranged across two rows. The row number is the same within each box, even though the seats are split over two rows. Only the seat numbers determine which seats are located in the forward row, and which are located in the behind row within the individual box. While most boxes do accommodate 8 ticket holders, there are some boxes in the corners of Ashe which may have fewer tickets within the box. The closest row to the court which fans can purchase varies between either being Row AA on the end of the court or Row A for side court seats. The Row A seats we offer are actually the 2nd row on the side as the USTA added (in 2021) a row in-front of their boxes for VIP guests which used to be area used by the photographers. Corners and seats behind the baseline all begin at row E. Row H is the last row in most sections, with some sections featuring accessible seats on row J, there is no row I.
Typical box Seating configuration with Seat Numbers.
- 1 2 3 4 (seat numbers for front row of box)
- 8 7 6 5 (seat numbers for back row of box)
- Note: seat numbers are not listed when a seller offers US Open tickets for sale, so fans purchasing Courtside seats online will be within the box in the first or second row of the box.
A court side box can be purchased a whole box (8 tickets), half box (4 tickets) or as individual tickets within a box (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, or 7 tickets). Many of our fans entertaining clients at the Open will purchase a half box (4 tickets) for multiple sessions. It is also common when you purchase more than a pair of contiguous seats to receive seat numbers in a piggyback configuration within the same box. Piggyback seats just mean one person sitting in the row in-front of the other.
Loge level seats are one level up from the courtside seats and provide a very nice view of the tennis action. The loge includes sections 101-136 with most of these sections containing rows A-N. Fans who want a special experience can purchase seats in Row A of the Loge Section which is the front row of those Loge seats. Sections 110 and 128 in the Loge are at midcourt, while Sections 118-120 and 136, 101-102 are behind the servers. A nice option in this area is Loge 134, which are in the corner and sometimes noticeably cheaper than Loge seats on the baseline. The shaded sections of the Loge seats are one the West side of the court where the Chair Umpire sits, and include Sections 124 to 134.
Promenade seats (aka: Prom) is the top level of the venue (or the upper-deck). The prom includes sections 301 to 340, is the highest level in Arthur Ashe and stadium seating. It is one contiguous level with rows A-O classified as Lower Promenade and rows P-Z classified as Upper Promenade. Promenade tickets are a great way to the US Open at a cheaper price, as the tickets in this area will be less expensive than Courtside or Loge seats. For the day sessions, the seats on the East side of the Promenade are facing the sun (e.g.- Sections 308-314). For night sessions, bring a sweater or dress warm as it can be chilly in the higher rows of the Prom.
Promenade tickets can often be purchased at prices below the cost of grounds admission passes, and all promenade tickets include full grounds access. So buy a prom seat instead of a grounds pass and you will expand the areas you have access to watch tennis.
For day sessions, sitting on the West side of the stadium will help you avoid the sun. Sections 329-333 and 124-134 often have great shade during day matches.
The umpire's chair is located in-front of Courtside Sections 52 & 53 at Ashe Stadium.
Fans attending matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium who sit in the Courtside Boxes or Luxury Suites, can access the Aces Club (seafood/sushi) or Championship Bar & Grill (chop house). Those VIP areas offer guests the opportunity to purchase premium food and beverages. Fans in the Loge or Promenade can purchase an Aces Club pass to access this area. Reservations can be made for those who call in advance.
The signature drink at the US Open Tennis Tournament is the Honey Deuce. We have had them, and they are delicious, so try a couple.
Best Seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium
Courtside 35 & 36:
Many fans consider the best views at Arthur Ashe Stadium to be behind the baseline, so we recommend Courtside 35 and 36. These sections are centered behind the baseline and are so close to the action that you can almost touch the players. When the players change sides you will have the chance to experience competitors up close and personal. There are only 8 rows in each section, making entry and exit easy, no matter which row you sit in. The best views in the house, and easy entry, make Courtside 35 & 36 a recommended place to sit at the US Open
Fans looking for a unique interaction with the players should sit in Courtside 47. Located just outside the tunnel where the players enter and exit. The players walk right by Courtside 47 on their way in and out of the stadium. While there are no guarantees, fans sitting in the first couple of rows frequently get opportunities to receive autographs from players, and are the last fans to congratulate the players as they leave the court. The views from courtside are good, but this section is all about interacting with the players.
The best section for fans on a budget is Loge 134. These loge corner seats are often noticeably cheaper than baseline seats, while offering almost the same quality of views. This section is also shaded for many of the day matches, and is much closer to the action than the cheaper seats in the promenade. Great prices, great views, and shade, make Loge 134 the top choice for bargain hunters looking for good seats.
Louis Armstrong Stadium
The 14,000 seat Louis Armstrong Stadium features a retractable roof and was designed with a louvered façades to maintain natural ventilation. Courtside seating (Sections 1-18) is reserved only and is available for sessions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15. General admission areas open to those with Grounds Admission is on the second level above the courtside seats. The midcourt tickets at Louie Armstong are Sections 5 and 14, which split the net. The umpires chair is located in-front of Section 5.
Grandstand at National Tennis Center
The Grandstand at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is the third most important court of the tournament. Like Louis Armstrong courtside seating is reserved and there is a general admission area above the courtside level. The stadium is the coziest of the three main courts 8,125 capacity. The sections at the Grandstand include Sections 1-22. Sections 6, 7 and 17, 18 are the center court sections. The umpire's chair is located in-front of Sections 6 & 7.
Grounds Passes at US Open
US Open tennis tournament events and tickets marked as Grounds Admission Only are General Admission grounds passes. Grounds Passes allow fans access to watch the matches on the courts surrounding Arthur Ashe Stadium and in the upper-deck of Louis Armstrong Stadium. Grounds admission passes do not provide entry to Arthur Ashe Stadium or the lower-level reserved seats at Louis Armstrong Stadium. However fans who purchase US Open tickets to Arthur Ashe Stadium do have the same grounds access as patrons with Grounds Passes are provided.
Grounds Passes are the typically the least expensive way to attend the US Open Tennis Tournament (although Promenade seats can sometimes be cheaper). Tennis fans who want cheap US Open tickets will want to consider grounds passes, although they are only available to purchase for a limited number of days. US Open Grounds Passes are available for the first eight day sessions of the tournament, but not on the sessions after that.
Suites & Premium Seating
Arthur Ashe Stadium has two levels of suites located between the Courtside level and Promenade. Suites typically accommodate 20 guests and are sold in whole or in part depending on the sellers preference. Suites are rarely listed online, so reach out to us directly if you are interested in a US Open suite. We may be able to help on a suite, and can certainly help on premium seats at the Open.
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