The US Open, the biggest professional tennis event in the United States, one of the four most prestigious Grand Slam tournaments in the world, is going to return to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in late August. It’s a great opportunity to see the sport’s heavyweights, including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, and more, when they battle for glory and $57 million in total prize money.
Here we’ve put together a general guide to help you have a perfect trip to Queens’ Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
When it is
From August 26 to September 8, plus Fan Week starting on August 19.
How to get there
Take the Long Island Rail Road or 7 subway train or to Mets-Willets Point. Or you can drive to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center but you will have to find and pay for parking.
What’s free and cheap
The qualifying tournament from August 19 through 23 is free to attend. The winners will move on to the main draw with $3.6 million in prize money making it one of the most lucrative tournaments in the US.
In addition, Fan Week includes open practices, “legends” matches with tennis greats, and a series of the evening concert. Admission to all of those events is free, too. Tickets for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 24 are at least $25. Opening-night tickets are at least $45, and other early-round evening session tickets will be around $40.
What to eat
The US Open has a lot of food vendors and on-site restaurants around the grounds and within Louis Armstrong Stadium, Arthur Ashe Stadium, and the Grandstand. Options include the upscale Aces wine and sushi bar, a glatt kosher cart, David Chang’s Fuku chicken sandwiches, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. You can also try street vendors near the grounds beforehand but outside food is not allowed on the center premises.
What to bring
A hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
What not to bring
Read up the US Open’s list of what is and is not allowed to prevent any awkward moments.