US Open Shade Map for Ashe Stadium and Armstrong

Find Shade at the US Open

I have created a US Open Shade Map to help anyone find a cooler place to watch your tennis match. This one illustrates how the sun will move the shade line inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

US Open Shade Map
(Ashe Stadium with roof)

Where to Sit for the most Shade at a Tennis Event

An easy rule of thumb to find shade (or at least a slightly cooler area) is looking for the side with the umpire chair.

The Umpire chair is located on the West Side of any US Open tennis court or stadium. As you can see in the illustration, the shade line will slide slowly toward the East over time.

Buyer's tip: Look for Ashe tickets in Sections 340 to 324; Sections 122-136 (Loge Level)

These will generally be the most shaded areas to purchase tickets inside while the roof is open. Also if you need some relief away from the sun, it may be wise to move further up to the top under the edges of the roof.

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Surviving with our US Open "Heat Map" with Temps in the 90s and Humid Conditions

Our "heat map" shows you the "coolest places" to go at the US Open and where to find relief from the sun (free swag in Purple). Click the image above for a larger version.

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If you find yourself there around 1-4pm, I would suggest going inside (the shaded parts of Armstrong or Ashe). If you need a refreshment, we suggest trying to go into one of the Lounges. The Blue Amex lounge has a lot of kids in it with a little bit of A/C.

Highlighted in Green are the best shade areas to rest if you are outside. The Practice Courts 1-5 have an area underneath that lets you watch the players' practice - they usually practice several hours before their scheduled match there. Also in the center, you can try to grab a seat on the grass just behind the fountains or under the umbrellas in the Food Village.

If you want to watch some tennis, I recommend getting a bit higher up where there is a breeze or get under some shade provided by the Practice court viewing area.

Health Risks of staying in the Sun too long
Most of the USA just went through a heatwave! Many cities this summer had heat indexes over 90 or even 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix that with bad ozone conditions (code orange or red) and it's a bad idea to be outdoors for long.

I often hear the reason most fans avoid attending the US Open is that this heat for a whole day can be very draining. It can even be a danger to your health if you have any elderly fans with heart or lung problems. I highly recommend that fans drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and stay out of the direct sun. The time between 1-4pm is the hottest period.

Armstrong Stadium Shade

How to Find Shade under the new Armstrong Stadium's Roof
The Shade line around 1pm moves toward the Rolex Scoreboard in the afternoon
Notice extra shade provided at the very top just under the roof. The stairs at the corners extend all the way up. Also if you stand at the very top floor near the slated sides of the building sometimes you will feel a nice breeze vent through the building's exterior.

East Side of Armstrong near the very top and at the lip of the 2nd floor has some cover
If you sit on the East side (opposite the umpire chair), there is some refuge from the sun if you climb up closer to the top. Also on the 2nd floor around the entire perimeter is the "lip" of the upper deck. As long as you stay next to the railings and do not enter the lower bowl's reserve seating area you should be fine.

Similar to Arthur Ashe stadium, look for the shade on the South and West sections. This includes sections 1-7 and 17-18.

If you buy a Reserved Armstrong Ticket for the Day Session - I recommend buying one in Section 1 through Section 8. Here is the map of the Armstrong seating sections.

Grandstand Shade Map

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