US Open Tennis Championship Tickets
The US Open Tennis Championship tournament has been in existence since 1881 for men and 1987 for women. The tournaments were held individually until 1968 when they were combined to become the US Open. The men’s event was originally hosted at the Newport Casino which is located in Rhode Island. This resort was a playground for famous and wealthy people. Men’s Singles was the only event played at this time. Mixed doubles and women’s double tournament events were added in eighteen eighty-nine. The tournament was moved to the West Side Tennis Club located in Forest Hills, New York around nineteen fifteen. Changes to the game with this move included the introduction of seeding, which considered the players rank in 1927. Althea Gibson was the first African American women to win a Grand Slam event in nineteen fifty. Billy Jean King was the first women to play with a metal racket in nineteen sixty-seven. Arthur Ash, an African American man became the first American to win the US Open Men’s Single title in nineteen sixty-eight.
He defeated Tom Okker from the Netherlands. Ash was twenty-five years old, an amateur, and a U.S. Army lieutenant who was ineligible to receive the fourteen thousand dollars championship prize money. He received only twenty dollars per day. Set tiebreakers were introduced in nineteen seventy. Men and women began to receive equal prize money in nineteen seventy-three due to the efforts of Billy Jean King and Venus Williams, another successful African American women tennis player. The West Side Tennis Club was initially equipped with grass court surfaces and converted to Har-Tru, green clay courts in nineteen seventy-five. The US Open was eventually moved to Flushing Meadows, New York in nineteen seventy eight. At this time, Deco Turf, a cushioned acrylic surface was used and is still in place today.
The US Open Series is a five week summer tennis season schedule that combines nine United States hard-court tournaments to form the final Grand Slam of the year we know as the US Open. The 2013 US Open Series is sponsored by Emirates Airline and begins in July. This series spotlights over 200 top tennis players who will compete for approximately forty million dollars in prize money. The top three women and three men will have the opportunity to earn bonus prize money of over one million dollars at the US Open tournament. Television coverage will begin nationally every weekend. Over 200 hours of US Open Series tennis action will be broadcast on the Tennis Channel, CBS, and ESPN2. This 2013 Series will debut “US Open Blue” courts to establish a signature look and image, as well as provide better ball visibility on the courts. Additionally, the series will introduce instant replay and the “Chase Review”, which provides input on player challenges and disputes. The “Chase Review” is an electronic line-calling challenge system which is found at many tennis tournaments and Grand Slams.
As you can imagine, all of this excitement and tennis action means US Open Tennis Championship tickets will be in great demand! The 2013 US Open starts on Monday, August 26, through Monday, September 9, 2013 and will be held at the USTA Billy Jean King National Tennis Center. Tennis players compete in Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles events. The Mixed Doubles final will be September 6th, with the Women’s Doubles final on September 7th. The Women’s final is held September 8th, as well as the Men’s Doubles final. The Men’s final is September 9th. US Open Tennis Championship tickets can be purchased online using a Virtual Venue Seating selector. Tickets are available for both domestic and international fans by telephone and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park venue. Tickets can also be purchased using the US Open Ticket Exchange which is a ticket resale market place available online via the Internet.
Resale ticket prices are often substantially higher than direct stadium event purchased tickets. Social media will also present an opportunity to buy tickets using Facebook. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center offers day matches starting at eleven in the morning and night sessions starting at seven in the evening in several venues to enjoy tennis action. Qualifying Tournament events take place August 20 through August 23, 2013. There is also an Arthur Ash Kid’s Day held on August 24, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Open Practice Day is on August 25, 2013, which provides an opportunity to watch the tennis players get ready for the opening day tournament on August 26, 2013. These events are free or nominal fees.
Arthur Ashe Stadium is the main venue for top player matches and finals. This stadium has a 23,700 capacity with reserve seating. Promenade seats costs twenty-six to ninety-five dollars. Loge seat tickets range from one hundred to five hundred dollars. Courtside ticket prices range from three hundred to one thousand two hundred dollars. US Open Tennis Championship tickets on the US Open Ticket Exchange for Promenade seats can be as high as one hundred ten dollars, with Loge and Courtside seats costing one hundred eighty-two to twenty-eight thousand dollars on a championship finals match day. Five matches are typically held in this stadium daily. This Grand Slam event features US Open Hospitality suites for corporate and family entertainment, only available in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Packages are available for luxury suites which include a lounge in Arthur Ashe Stadium, plasma television, suite private restroom, stadium balcony seating for twenty guests and two host passes, parking passes, and the ability to purchase food and beverages for clients.
Premium seat packages are also available for this event for smaller groups to have a shared hospitality area in the Arthur Ash Stadium as well. Private hospitality opportunities are also available to entertain groups of fifty to five hundred guests in a private decorated room in the Hospitality Pavilion area with premium Arthur Ashe Stadium seating. Dining at the US Open offers many experiences. Tennis fans can experience the Mojito, a Cuban menu restaurant, the Champions Bar & Grill, an American steakhouse, Aces, and the US Open Club presented by Emirates Airline. These dining and suite options are only available at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Louis Armstrong Stadium is another venue which has reserved seating and open seating to accommodate ground passes and other ticket holders. Assigned seats are available on the Loge level, as well as Courtside Reserved. This venue also features first-come, first-serve seating in the Grandstand area and all other field courts. General Admission, as well as wheelchair accessible seating is available. Tickets are only available in this stadium for the first nine days of US Open tournament play. This stadium holds approximately ten thousand guests. Guests in this stadium must purchase restaurant passes to dine. Grandstand Stadium is the smallest venue with a five thousand eight hundred seating capacity.
This intimate setting offers shade, first-come seating, as well as some bleacher seating. Seating is open to everyone with a ground pass or daily ticket. Additionally, there are sixteen outer courts with seating for approximately one hundred to one thousand five hundred fans. These courts are first-come seating and offer shade as well in the evening events. Along with lots of tennis fun, fans will also be treated to singing by talented selected singers from Queens, New York who have auditioned to perform at Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2013 US Open. The audition process included DVD submissions, as well as acappella singing of “America the Beautiful” in front of a panel of three music and entertainment judges. Winners will be announced close to August 26th.
Holders of US Open Tennis Championship tickets will also experience US Open theme artwork, which will highlight day and night landscapes of the Grand Slam court underneath New York City skyline designs. Artist and designer Gary Townswick created the summer days and nights images which will be showcased on all 2013 US Open publications, tournament guides, tickets, and other promotional materials.
Future plans include designing and installing a roof over the Arthur Ashe Stadium venue area by twenty sixteen according to Sports Business Journal. This is being contemplated due to the many rain delay days experienced historically. Ideas include a roof similar to the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium in Minneapolis, which is made of a translucent fabric material. Other proposals include a roof that would be movable and cover court play area, as well as guest seating. Consideration is still being given to the costs, how to fund it, as well as the roof weight due to Arthur Ashe Stadium being one of the largest tennis stadiums in the world, which is built on a landfill.
The USTA has also reached a five-year agreement with the WTA and ATP tennis associations to increase the prize money of the US Open to fifty million dollars by twenty seventeen. The total base prize money for the 2013 US Open will increase to $33.6 million. Emirates Airline’s bonus prize money for the US Open Series will possibly provide a record 2013 US Open winnings of thirty-six million dollars. Changes also include a revised schedule for tournament play to allow for more rest days, as well as stadium and traffic flow enhancements.