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Shaded Seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium

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Located in Queens and just a stone’s throw from the home of the Mets, Arthur Ashe Stadium is named after the American tennis legend. It is the world’s largest tennis venue and serves as the main stage for the US Open. One important caveat about New York City is that late August can be brutally hot, with summer heat expected during the tournament. Fortunately, tennis fans can use this article to find Arthur Ashe Stadium shaded seats.

Where are the seats in the shade at Arthur Ashe Stadium?

Shaded seating areas at Arthur Ashe Stadium generally include:

  • Baseline, South Side: Shaded the entire day, except the first few rows
  • Sideline, West Side: Shaded on the upper levels early in the day, and shaded on all levels later in the day
  • Promenade Level, Back Rows: Uppermost seats are under the non-retractable portion of the roof, providing consistent shade

US Open matches at Arthur Ashe begin daily at noon, and the sun doesn’t set in New York City until around 7:30 pm. That’s seven and a half hours of tennis action under the sun.

In 2016, a retractable roof was added to Arthur Ashe Stadium. However, this addition did not transform the venue into a climate-controlled stadium like those used in MLB and NFL. The roof’s primary function is more akin to an umbrella to allow play to continue during rain. If rain is not in the forecast, expect the roof to be open with the sun shining through.

Arthur Ashe Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Arthur Ashe Stadium is oriented in a northwest to southeast direction. By noon, the sun is high over the south stands. Throughout the afternoon, it moves downward behind the west side of the stadium, setting near the northwest corner. This orientation makes the west and south sides of the stadium the “shade sides” and the north and east sides of the stadium the “sunny sides.”

The graphic below shows the approximate sun location on September 1st.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the US Open and also serves as the official resale site. It is usually the best place to start your search for available seats. However, if you’re looking to purchase tickets in August or September, consider checking both StubHub and SeatGeek as well. People who bought during the presale and changed their mind or can’t attend may list on these resale sites.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Early Afternoon Arthur Ashe Stadium Matches

When you arrive for the first match of the day, approximately half of the seats at Arthur Ashe will be in the sun and half in the shade. As the afternoon progresses, the percentage of shaded seats increases. To avoid the sun, choose seats in sections 126-136, 101-103, 329-340, or 301-303. For courtside seating, consider sections 1-7 or 60-67. Be aware that sections 47-58 are on the west side but will still be sunny at the start of the day. These courtside seats will gradually receive shade as the afternoon progresses.

Sections on the north and east sides are likely to receive sun for the first several hours, if not the entire afternoon. Seats in sections 108-122 will be sun-soaked. Courtside sections 14-24 will also face direct sunlight. If you don’t mind higher seats, many 300-level promenade sections remain shaded, though the first few rows, especially on the north and east sides, may still receive sun. The promenade level is quite far from the action, so there is a tradeoff between shade and quality view of the match.

Shadows on the stands at Arthur Ashe Stadium

By mid-afternoon, when the court is still sunlit, fans can find shade on the south (right) and west sides of the stadium, as well as in most upper-level promenade sections directly under the roof.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Late Afternoon Arthur Ashe Stadium Matches

Later in the day, there are more shaded seating options. For night sessions, sections 1-47, 101-122, and 301-325 offer sun protection. Avoid sections 13-28, 108-115, and 310-317, as they receive the most sunlight for the longest time. Also, be cautious with seats in the southeast corner, like sections 104-107 and 305-309, as some seats may be in the path of the setting sun.

Arthur Ashe Stadium Late Afternoon Shadows

By later in the day, when shade has reached the court, sections in the mid and upper levels on the east side of the stadium are sunny, while seats everywhere else are in the shade.
Photo by Cynthia Lum/Icon Sportswire

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US Open Ticketing Guide

Unlike other professional championships, Grand Slams feature a complex array of ticketing options. Our Essential Shade Seekers’ Seating Guide to the US Open helps you navigate the stadiums and and understand the ticketing options, with a specific focus on finding shaded seats.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the US Open and also serves as the official resale site. It is usually the best place to start your search for available seats. However, if you’re looking to purchase tickets in August or September, consider checking both StubHub and SeatGeek as well. People who bought during the presale and changed their mind or can’t attend may list on these resale sites.

US Open Ticketing Guide

Unlike other professional championships, Grand Slams feature a complex array of ticketing options. Our Essential Shade Seekers’ Seating Guide to the US Open helps you navigate the stadiums and and understand the ticketing options, with a specific focus on finding shaded seats.

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