Compare 4 US Open tickets: Ashe, Grounds Pass, Armstrong, Grandstand

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  • Arthur Ashe #1
  • Armstrong #2
  • Grandstand #3

  • Grounds Passes

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  • If you're not picky, you can choose the cheapest option and just roam.

1) Arthur Ashe Stadium Tickets

Why are Ashe tickets the best tickets in general?
Short Answer: Most flexible option. Full Access to all courts.

Unless there is a specific player and match you want to attend, then the Arthur Ashe tickets are the safest all-around bet when buying well in advance.

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Ashe is typically slightly more expensive to buy than Grounds Passes (except in 2022 for the upper promenade areas there are some $60 options). Yet it grants you a reserved seat (very useful if it rains) and still allows you into every stadium. To me, any Ashe ticket is worth at least $10 more than a general Grounds Pass.

The strategy is to roam anywhere, knowing you have your own seat reserved in Ashe when you want to see your favorite star player play.

The top-seeded players that are fan favorites will almost always play there exclusively and often at night.

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The trick is if you decide to get the cheapest Arthur Ashe tickets up in the upper promenade, you DON'T have to stay all day in the nosebleeds section!  Instead, I recommend getting up and checking out the US Open campus outside!

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Walking around the outside courts first and definitely go inside Armstrong, Grandstand, and Court 17. At least one of them has an exciting match. Another idea is figuring out which match looks like it will be going into a 5th set and then going there for the finish.

Look around at some of the highlights below if you get bored, and you can always come back to Ashe later!

This is basically a free-for-all ticket that gets you in the door - great for roaming around.

You can tour all other stadiums and over 20 outside courts except Ashe. Sometimes if Ashe is sold out, this is the next best option and generally is a little bit less expensive. Grounds Passes are a great way to go on Labor Day weekend or just to check out the US Open for the first time.
Be closer to the action in a more cozy space, and avoid the large crowds.

Years before Ashe was built, Armstrong was the main stadium. After the latest update in 2018, this stadium offers much better ventilation and shade for a large portion of the upper sections.

Buying an Armstrong ticket gives you a reserved seat up close and is a good alternative option when you rather have a more intimate view of the players in a slightly smaller setting. Also works if the date you want to go is sold out completely (Labor Day weekend).

What is NOT included? It lets you watch any matches except those inside Arthur Ashe.

Armstrong usually features at least 2-3 great matches (top 20 players). Plus, you will be much closer to the excitement without costing over $150. If you want the same seat quality in Ashe, it will cost >$500.

It also lets you hop over to the Grandstand (3rd court) right next door to get some shade and grab a bite to eat at the mini-food court between the two.

4) Grandstand aka "The Bull Ring" ($85+)

If prices are reasonable and you can find a good seat, I would consider the West side tickets or along the baseline at the Grandstand. Some amazing popcorn matches have happened here over the Labor Day Weekend in years past. Any seats in Rows A thru G for sections 1 thru 12 would be a good value.

Bonus Tip - Be First in Line
For almost all the smaller courts, they offer a "first-come, first-serve" system.  This means if you get in line early (gates open at 11AM. The EAST gate is the least crowded out of them), you can move quickly and get Front Row seats!

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