There’s nothing quite like the excitement and energy of nighttime tennis under the lights at the US Open. Later this summer, there’s now going to be twice as much evening electricity than ever before.
In 2018, both Arthur Ashe Stadium and the new Louis Armstrong Stadium will each hold dedicated day and night sessions. This marks the first time that a second stadium will feature a scheduled night session at the US Open.
The USTA announced Tuesday that the 2018 US Open will introduce a new daily match schedule for the tournament, made possible by the completion of the final piece of the five-year strategic transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center – the new 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium.
In Armstrong, the day session will begin at 11 a.m., for the first nine days of the tournament and will include three matches. The night session in Armstrong will begin at 7 p.m. and will showcase two matches each evening for the first six days of the event.
Approximately 7,000 of the seats in Armstrong will be open to all US Open ticketholders for both the day and night sessions, while the remaining seats will be reserved for those with a dedicated Louis Armstrong Stadium ticket for the respective session.
In Arthur Ashe Stadium, the day session will now begin at 12 p.m. and include two matches. The night session will continue to feature two matches and will also start at 7 p.m.
The move to two matches during the day session in Ashe helps to establish a greater certainty of start time for the night session, with a lesser chance of a delayed start – a benefit to players, broadcasters and fans attending the US Open and watching from home.
The possibility for congestion on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the changeover between the day and night sessions should also be alleviated, due to more time for fans entering and exiting the stadium.
“We are incredibly excited to shine a light on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium at the 2018 US Open, featuring a night session in a second stadium for the first time in the tournament’s history,” said Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “Night tennis and the US Open are synonymous; truly some of our most memorable matches have been under the bright lights at night.”