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The Frugal Fan's Guide to the US Open

by Jonathan Zeller, 08/15/2012

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  • The Basics 
    No matter when you choose to attend the US Open, there are a few things you should know to make sure you can focus on the matches:
    • Take public transit. Traffic en route to the US Open is substantial, and parking—which costs $20—is limited (it's even worse when the Mets are playing). The 7 train or the Long Island Rail Road to the Mets–Willets Point station are better bets. Visit for schedules and fares.
    • Don't bring a backpack—no bags larger than 12"x12"x16" are allowed. If you skip bags altogether, you'll get through security much faster.
    • If you bring a camera, make sure there's no flash. And, sorry, no camcorders are allowed.
    • Wear a hat and sunscreen during day sessions, or risk seriously nasty sunburns.
    • There's plenty of recognizable, delicious food all around the tennis center: Ben & Jerry's ice cream, the upscale Aces wine and sushi bar, a glatt kosher cart and even a Carnegie Deli outpost. For bargain seekers, there are street vendors near the grounds. Know, though, that security won't let you enter with outside snacks. (And don't even think of trying to sneak food past them—they're too good.)
    For more information, visit

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