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Shaded Seats at IGA Stadium

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IGA Stadium, located in Montreal, Quebec, is a distinguished outdoor tennis facility known for hosting the Canadian Open, also known as the National Bank Open. The tournament is part of the North American summer hardcourt season that takes place during the hottest weeks of the summer. Tennis fans heading to events at IGA Stadium should use this guide alongside the venue’s seating chart to find the best shaded seats at the Canadian Open.

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

Shaded seats at IGA Stadium are general located as follows:

  • Baseline, South Side: Upper-level shaded for early afternoon matches
  • Sideline, West Side: Shaded during 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 Montreal until after 8:00 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 Montreal sun.

This article focuses primarily on the main Centre Court. IGA Stadium is part of a larger complex that features a dozen tennis courts. While the biggest stars will likely be scheduled on Centre Court, additional details about shade availability at the Rogers Court and outer courts are provided at the end of this article.

IGA Stadium Orientation to the Sun

IGA Stadium is oriented in a northwest to southeast direction. In the noon – 1:00 PM hour the sun is high over the south stands. Throughout the afternoon, it shifts downward behind the west side of the stadium, setting near the northwest corner.

The graphic below shows the approximate sun location the first week in August.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official Box Office for the Canadian Open. 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 IGA Stadium Matches

IGA Stadium boasts a unique design with a rectangular layout on three sides and a large curved section behind the south baseline. As an open-air stadium without a roof or canopy, it presents a challenge for fans seeking shade.

In the early afternoon, shade is scarce across most of the stadium due to the sun being high in the sky, with its rays almost directly overhead. One of the few shaded areas early in the day can be found in the highest rows behind the south baseline, specifically in sections 219-222, where the press box located directly behind these seats provides some sun blockage.

By around 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, the sun shifts enough for seats on the west sideline to begin receiving shade. The back half of mid-tier sections 223-228 will be shaded first, as they are partially under the sections above. For proximity to the court, choose a seat in sections 126-134, or opt for 324-331 for a higher view. Although it may take some time for these seats to become fully shaded, the sun will be at your back rather than in your face.

The sunniest seats are on the east sideline in sections 111-118, 210-215, and 311-318, which are almost entirely exposed to the elements for the entire afternoon. Even the few rows under cover in the 200-level will face direct sunlight.

Shadows on the stands at Stade Uniprix

Early in the afternoon tennis fans can find shade in the upper rows behind the south baseline. Later in the day seats on the west (right) sideline become shaded while seats on the east sideline (left) stay sunny the longest.
Photo by Glenn Campbell/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening IGA Stadium Matches

In Montreal, the sunset in August occurs after 8:00 PM, making shade consideration crucial for evening matches. By around 6:00 PM, the sun’s position provides shade for those seated on the west sideline, and fans behind both the north and south baselines will see their seats shaded around this time as well.

The east sideline remains the sunniest, with sections 111-118 exposed until the sun dips low enough to be obscured by the stadium’s opposite side. Afterward, mid-level sections 210-215 will receive shade. The most challenging sections are the upper-level sections 324-331, which face the sun longest with the sun directly in your face. Remember to bring your best pair of sunglasses if seated here!

What About the Rogers Court and Outer Courts?

All courts outside of Centre Court, including the Rogers Court (formerly known as Court 1) and the outer courts, are open-air and almost entirely exposed to the sun. The same general principles for finding shade apply. At the Rogers Court, the west sideline is preferable for avoiding direct sunlight, with sections 114-118 being the best option for late-day shade. Conversely, sections 105-109 and 206-208 remain in the sun the longest.

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