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Shaded Seats at the Mubadala Citi DC Open

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The William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, located in Washington, DC, is an outdoor tennis venue known for hosting the annual Mubadala Citi DC Open. With a modest capacity of about 7,500, this tennis center offers an intimate setting that brings fans close to the action. However, Washington, DC experiences brutally hot and humid summers, and the tournament unfortunately takes place in July, the hottest month. Tennis fans are thus encouraged to use this guide, along with the venue’s seating chart, to identify the relatively limited shaded seats available for the Mubadala Citi DC Open.

Where Are the Seats in the Shade and Sun at the Washington Citi Open?

At the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, shaded seats are generally located as follows:

  • Baseline, North Side: Covered box seats are shaded all day
  • Sideline, West Side: Shaded during late afternoon and evening matches

Washington Citi Open matches begin at noon, and the sun doesn’t set in Washington, DC until around 8:20 PM. That’s over eight hours of tennis action under the hot July sun! DC’s notorious summer heat and humidity are well-known, and unlike the baseball and soccer stadiums across town, the FitzGerald Tennis Center offers very little shade.

In the afternoon, finding a shaded seat may be challenging due to the limited number of shaded sections. However, choosing a seat with the sun at your back, rather than facing you, can significantly enhance your tennis watching experience.

FitzGerald Tennis Center Orientation to the Sun

The stadium’s north-to-south orientation results in the sun being almost directly above the press box on the south side of the court around 1:00 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 last week in July.

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Seats in the Sun and Shade at Afternoon Mubadala Citi DC Open Matches

The main court at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center features seating on all sides of the court. The stadium has two levels of seating in a U-shaped pattern on the east, west and south sides. The lower level offers reserved seating requiring specific tickets, while the upper level has general reserved seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Suites at the back of the lower level more-or-less guarantee shade due to their position beneath the upper level.

On the north side, the “North Covered Box Seats” (sections 13-17) are, aside from the suites, the only seats that guarantee shade early in the afternoon, as they are directly under a large awning. It’s crucial to ensure you’re purchasing “North Covered Box Seats,” as rows in sections 13-17 closer to the court are not under the awning and remain exposed to the sun all day.

For most of the afternoon, shade is scarce elsewhere in the stadium. By around 3:00 PM, the sun shifts enough that the last few rows on the west sideline begin to receive shade. Reserved sections 1-10 and corner sections 41-43 offer the best chance for late afternoon shade. Rows farthest from the court will become shaded first and over time shade will move closer to the court.

Shadows on the stands at Mubadala Citi DC Open

Early in the afternoon only north covered box seats directly behind the north baseline are shaded. Later in the afternoon seats on the west (left) sideline start to get shade.
Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening Mubadala Citi DC Open Matches

Sunset in Washington DC in late July isn’t until well after 8:00 PM so shade consideration is important even for evening matches. North Covered Box Seats remain an excellent choice for shade seekers, with the west sideline also offering good shade options. Reserved sections 1-10 and general admission sections 11-14 are recommended, providing the added benefit of keeping the sun at your back.

The east sideline is the sunniest, with reserved sections 22-31 exposed until the sun dips low enough to be blocked by the opposite side of the stadium. The most challenging sections are general admission sections 1-4, which face the sun the longest and directly into your eyes. Don’t forget your best pair of sunglasses if you choose to sit here!

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