This will be my fourth consecutive year heading into NYC for the U.S. open. It is always one of my most looked forward to days of the year and I always go with my tennis girl friends. Later this weekend, I am going to bring my oldest son with me as well.
We always drive into Stamford, Ct and take the train into Grand Central Station ($27 off peak, $26 parking fee). If you catch a through train it takes 40 mins. Grand Central is a cool train station. Worth giving yourself a little time to see the main hall’s architecture. If you take the 7 subway line to the Met Stadium exit it lets you right out at the entrance to Flushing Meadows. You cannot bring backpacks or big bags into the arenas, but there are lockers.
I love the U.S. Open! Although the tickets are pricey, for the one price you can spend all day watching tennis as good as it comes. Today we had tickets for the morning session in the big stadium, Arthur Ashe. The scaffolding is for a retractable roof which will be in place by next year. We got to see Venus beat Bencic and Djokovic beat Seppi. In between sets we jetted into the general admission seats in the Louis Armstrong Stadium. I love that in the smaller stadium like Armstrong and the Grandstand (which will be torn down after this year’s games) you can see big names play up close and personal. Today we saw a amazing match between Bouchard and Cibulkova.
We then went to the food courts. There are tons of foods to choose from- Mexican, Indian, salads, sandwiches, everything. Negative is its very crowded with long lines. After that we went to watch great doubles in the numerous small courts. Another great day at the Open has to be topped off with a concrete at The Shake Shack in Grand Central Station. They are amazing.
I will return on Sunday and will let you know more about the U.S. Open, taking an 11-year-old there..