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Shaded Seats at Louis Armstrong Stadium

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Located in Queens at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Louis Armstrong Stadium pays tribute to the iconic jazz musician who lived nearby. It serves as a secondary stage for the US Open, complementing the larger Arthur Ashe Stadium. If you’re planning to attend the US Open, it’s important to know that New York City can experience sweltering late summer heat, with high temperatures common during the tournament. Fortunately, this article, along with the seating chart, can help you identify shaded seats at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Where are the seats in the shade at Louis Armstrong Stadium?

Generally, the shaded seats at Louis Armstrong Stadium are located as follows:

  • Baseline, South Side: Shaded the entire day
  • Sideline, West Side: Shaded starting around the second match of the day
  • Upper Level, Back Rows: Seats directly under the non-retractable portion of the roof provide additional shade

US Open matches at Louis Armstrong Stadium begin at 11:00 am, and the sun doesn’t set in New York City until around 7:30 pm. That’s eight and a half hours of tennis action under the sun!

Louis Armstrong Stadium opened in 2018, replacing an older venue with the same name but less shade. A major difference is that the current stadium features a retractable roof. The roof’s primary function is more akin to an umbrella to allow play to continue during rain. Thus, if rain is not forecasted, expect the roof open and the court and many fans in the sun.

Louis Armstrong Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Louis Armstrong Stadium is oriented in a northwest to southeast direction. By noon, the sun is high over the south stands. Throughout the afternoon, the sun moves along 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 the First Louis Armstrong Match of the Day

The morning match at Louis Armstrong Stadium starts at 11:00 am. Fans arriving early to claim upper-level general admission seats should note that the sun’s position will be “flipped” early in the morning. This means seats on the east sideline will be shaded, while those on the west will be sunny.

For those attending multiple matches, sitting on the west sideline in the sun until about 12:30 pm is advisable, as these seats will then be shaded for the rest of the afternoon. If attending only the first match, east side seating might be preferable.

Morning shadows on the stands at Louis Armstrong Stadium

As fans start filling in general admission seats at 10am, seats on the west sideline (right) are in the sun while all seats on the east sideline (left) are shaded. The sun position will “flip” over the course of the first match.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Early Afternoon Louis Armstrong Stadium Matches

After the first match, focus on the south baseline and west sideline for shade. For sun avoidance, choose sections 1-7 for reserved seats or 101-109 for general admission.

Seats in the back half of general admission sections 116-122 get early shade due to the roof overhead. However, seats closer to the court in these sections will not be shaded, and more rows will become sunny as the afternoon progresses. Courtside sections 9-16 will mostly be sunny all afternoon, except for the last 4 or 5 rows under the upper deck structure.

Afternoon shadows on the stands at Louis Armstrong Stadium

By the end of the first match, reserved and general admission seats on the west sideline (right) have shifted into the shade. All reserved seats on the east sideline (left) and a growing number of general admission seats are in the sun.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Late Afternoon Louis Armstrong Stadium Matches

Late in the day, there are more shaded seating options. For night sessions at Louis Armstrong, sections 1-10 for reserved seating and 101-113 for general admission offer sun protection. Avoid sections 12-16 for reserved seating and 117-121 for general admission, as they are sunny for the longest. That said, by 7:00 pm, most seats will be shaded, and after sunset, fans will enjoy matches under the lights.

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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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