A few weeks ago I had the chance to visit the US Open for the second time in my life. During my first time in 2014 I had purchased a grounds admission pass and walked around the area on a nice Saturday afternoon in late summer. I was so impressed with what there was to see, that I decided I wanted to return no matter what. I’m not a big tennis geek and spending a ton of money on a game I barely understand or are enthused about doesn’t make much sense to me. Therefore I was thrilled to find out about the so-called community day – a full weekday usually at the end of the event during which you can enter the grounds for free and roam around.
On September 8th I hopped on the 7-train straight after work and made it in right before 6pm (which was the cutoff as to when people were to be let in for free). My friend arrived 5 minutes too late and was unlucky – she went to the nice park outside instead, which she had never seen before.
The inside is quite spacious and offers almost everything – from shops over a food court and bars to the smaller stadiums. In these you can see the less significant matches, which are still a big deal as they are teen championships and showcase the leading talent of the world.
I also love the fountain area and that you can see the main matches live on huge screens around it. I made it into the Grand Stand which was featuring a teen male championship and it was fascinating to watch the ball go back and forth.
Afterwards I met my friend outside and we decided to take pictures in front the Queens Unisphere to end the day.