Arthur Ashe Stadium is a one-of-a-kind venue, the crown jewel of the US Open. By purchasing an Ashe ticket, you could share in the excitement of world-class matches and potentially count yourself as part of the largest crowd in tennis in 2014.
By Nicholas J. Walz, USOpen.org
Arthur Ashe Stadium remains as magical today as it was when it opened in 1997, welcoming in a new era of tennis by changing the way the game is viewed by spectators. Ask any one of the thousands of high-energy fans that pack the world’s largest tennis venue for an evening of tennis and they’ll each recall countless stories of pageantry, world-class play and emotional moments.
Arthur Ashe Stadium is where the Williams sisters first faced off in a major final. It’s where Pete Sampras lifted his last trophy. It’s seen tearful goodbyes from Andre Agassi, Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick, and the Grand Slam breakthrough of Andy Murray.
Before the 2012 US Open, Emily Chen of West Chester, Pa., hadn’t attended a tennis tournament in more than a decade but bought her Arthur Ashe Stadium seats for a final day of fun during a New York City sightseeing trip. She and her family of four enjoyed themselves so much that they found themselves back again in 2013, purchasing two days’ worth of tickets.
“Ashe was where my son saw Rafael Nadal live, who became his hero in the last year,” said Chen, whose 10-year-old son, Noah, made his way courtside and got an autograph and a smile from the defending US Open champion after a win. “We’re always amazed at how well the players interact with the fans in the stadium crowd.
“We arrive early for baseball games, hockey games, and many other sports and it’s never the same experience as you get in New York, at the US Open.”
Indeed, it’s a vibe that is without equal in tennis. With a capacity to hold nearly 24,000 fans, Arthur Ashe Stadium is nearly 6,000 seats larger than London’s O2 Arena, the next most populous venue in the sport.
“It's definitely a completely different feeling than being at any other tournament, for a Slam,” said rising American star Sloane Stephens. “[The people] really get behind you. I feel like I’ll have 75 different coaches out there."
If you haven’t had the thrill of experiencing an Arthur Ashe Stadium match, it’s not only a ticket to the US Open; it’s a ticket to history.