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Shaded Seats at Sobeys Stadium

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Sobeys Stadium, located in Toronto, Ontario, is a premier outdoor tennis venue 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 or attendees of any event at Sobeys Stadium can consult this guide along with the stadium seating chart to identify the best shaded seats at the Canadian Open.

Where Are the Seats in the Shade and Sun at the Sobeys Stadium?

Shaded seats at Sobeys Stadium are general located as follows:

  • Baseline, South Side: Back rows 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 noon, and the sun doesn’t set in Toronto until approximately 8:30 PM at this time of year. That’s over eight 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 Toronto sun.

This article focuses primarily on the main Sobeys Stadium, which is part of a larger complex that features a dozen tennis courts. The biggest stars will be scheduled at Sobeys Stadium so this article will focus exclusively on that court.

Sobeys Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Sobeys 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 dips 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 Sobeys Stadium Matches

Sobeys Stadium boasts a unique octagonal design with an equal number of seats on all eight sides, each positioned toward the court. As an open-air stadium without a roof or canopy, it is, frankly, one of the most sun-exposed tennis stadiums in North America.

In the early afternoon, shade is scarce throughout most of the stadium. The sun is high in the sky at the start of the first match, with its rays almost directly overhead. At this time, the only fans who can escape the sun are those in luxury suites, where outside seats are covered and inside seats are shielded from the elements.

By around 2:00 PM, the sun shifts enough that fans in the southwest corner of the octagon begin to receive shade. Sections 126-130, diagonal to the court, are prime spots for shade seekers. Rows farther from the court will be shaded before those closer to the action.

Around 4:00 PM, seats on the west side of the octagon will start to see relief from the sun. Sections 131-135 are most likely to be in the shade. In the upper level, sections 305 and 306 will at least position the sun at your back rather than in your face. However, a lower-level ticket offers a better experience for both viewing the tennis action and minimizing sun exposure.

The sunniest sections are on the east sideline and the corners diagonal to the court. Sections 106-120 remain sun-exposed for the entire afternoon. Even more challenging are the upper-level sections 302-304, which not only face the sun directly but are also fully exposed to its rays.

Shadows on the stands at Aviva Centre

Early in the afternoon there are very few seats outside of suites that are in the shade. Later in the day seats on the west (left) sideline become shaded while seats on the east sideline (right) stay sunny the longest.
Informa Plus Photo Agency / Alamy Stock Photo

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening Sobeys Stadium Matches

In Toronto, sunset in August doesn’t occur until around 8:30 PM, highlighting the importance of shade for evening matches. By around 6:00 PM, the west sideline begins to shade, and fans behind both the north and south baselines will find their seats shaded around this time as well. Sections 101-105 offer a nice compromise for fans who wish to sit behind the baseline but also out of the sun.

The east sideline remains the sunniest, with sections 111-120 exposed until the sun dips low enough to be obscured by the stadium’s opposite side. Shade will gradually cover the rows, starting with those closest to the court. Upper-level sections 303-304 remain entirely sun-exposed until sunset.

Ready to get your Canadian Open tickets?

Use the individual game links or click or tap here to see an upcoming list of sessions at Sobeys Stadium.