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Shaded Seats at the Cincinnati Open

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The Lindner Family Tennis Center, located in Mason, Ohio, is a top-tier outdoor professional tennis facility. It is the home of the annual Cincinnati Open, a major event on both the ATP and WTA Tours. The tournament takes place in August and Southwest Ohio has hot and humid summers with late sunsets. Fans planning to see their favorite tennis stars can use this guide along with the stadium seating chart to find the best shaded seats at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Where Are the Seats in the Shade and Sun at the Cincinnati Open?

At the Lindner Family Tennis Center’s Center Court, shaded seats are generally located as follows:

  • Baseline, North Side: Shaded in the covered “overlook box” seats
  • Baseline, South Side: Shaded during early afternoon matches
  • Sideline, West Side: Shaded in late afternoon and evening matches.

Matches at the Cincinnati Open begin daily as early as 11:00 AM, and the sun doesn’t set in Southwest Ohio until approximately 8:30 PM at this time of year. That’s over nine hours of tennis action in the summer heat! Whether attending a day or evening session, tennis fans should consider the availability of shade to avoid the peak Cincinnati sun.

This article focuses primarily on the main Center Court. The Lindner Family Tennis Center complex, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S., features four permanent stadiums that host matches throughout the tournament. While the biggest stars will likely be scheduled on Center Court, additional details about shade availability at the Grandstand Court and outer courts are provided at the end of this article.

Lindner Family Tennis Center Orientation to the Sun

All tennis courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center feature a slightly off-axis north to south orientation. For Center Court, this orientation means the sun is almost directly above the press box on the south side of the court around 2:00 PM. As the afternoon progresses, the sun dips behind the west side of the stadium and eventually sets near the northwest corner.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day during the third week in August.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official Box Office for the Cincinnati Open and also serves as the official verified resale site. It is usually the best place to start your search for available seats. Additional ticket inventory may be available on resale websites like SeatGeek and Stubhub so we advise checking all for maximum access to tickets.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Afternoon Cincinnati Open Matches

The Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, which opened in the 1980s, has undergone several upgrades and expansions. Due to this, seating charts may have conflicting section numbers. It’s crucial to pay attention to the location of the section on the chart, rather than relying solely on seating chart numbering. Center Court’s design, with premium seating behind the south baseline and more general seating on the west sideline than on the east, benefits fans seeking shade, as it places more seats in shaded areas than if the stadium were symmetric.

For matches starting in late morning or early afternoon, shaded options are limited. One of the few shaded areas is directly behind the north baseline under a large awning, marked as sections 501-504, “overlook boxes”, or sections 306-309 depending on the seating chart used. If unsure, look for sections directly behind the court, as far back in the stadium as possible.

Seats behind the south baseline are generally the first to receive shade due to their position relative to the sun and a large awning extending from the press box. This side has been converted into premium seating, offering all-inclusive and club seats with additional perks like air conditioned lounge access. It’s an excellent choice if you can swing a seat over here.

By mid-afternoon, additional shade appears on the west side of the stadium. Upper-level “pavilion” sections under another large awning, marked as sections 401-404 or 324-327, depending on the seating chart, receive shade first. They are centrally located on the highest level of the west sideline. Sections on the 200-level and 100-level directly beneath these “pavilion” seats will also be shaded as the stadium blocks the sun.

Shadows on the stands at the Western & Southern Open

By late-afternoon tennis fans can find shade on the west sideline (where the photo is taken) south baseline (right), and under cover behind the north baseline (left). Seats on the east sideline across the court stay sunny the longest.
Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening Cincinnati Open Matches

With the sunset in mid-August in Cincinnati around 8:30 PM, shade consideration remains important for evening matches. North “overlook box” seats remain excellent for shade, with additional shade now available on the west sideline. From the northwest to the southwest corner, the 100-level and 200-level will find shade. As sunset nears, the lower two levels behind the north baseline also become shaded. Premium seats behind the south baseline are shielded from the sun.

The sunniest seats are on the east sideline. As the sun sets, shade moves up from seats closest to the court to those farthest away. The 100-level will be shaded first, followed by the 200-level, and finally the 300-level. A few covered seats at the back of the 300-level on this side offer some cover but are less ideal than the west sideline, as the setting sun will be in your eyes.

What About the Grandstand Stadium and Outer Courts?

All courts outside of Center Court, including the Grandstand Stadium and outer courts, are open-air and almost entirely exposed to the sun. The same general principles for finding shade apply: the west sideline of the court is preferable for avoiding direct sunlight. The Cincinnati Open usually divides the Grandstand Stadium so that about half the seats are reserved and half are general admission. If a specific seating area is important, verify in advance if a reserved ticket is needed.

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