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August 30, 2016    Featured Story

A Covered Stadium and Plenty of Available Travel Options Make New York a Can’t-Miss Destination for Tennis Fans This Year

 A Covered Stadium and Plenty of Available Travel Options

Make New York a Can’t-Miss Destination for Tennis Fans This Year

Roger Federer may not be in the field, but there’s still plenty of good news for tennis fans considering a trip to the big tennis tournament in New York (August 29-September 11).  For starters, this will be the inaugural year for a covered Arthur Ashe Stadium, which means the matches will go on rain or shine, and the tournament won’t be subject to the weather delays of past years, so fans can book their travel and tickets with 100% certainty that the games will go on as scheduled.  Event ticket prices on the resale market are down this year, according to ticketiq.com, making attendance even more affordable.  Hotel rooms are plentiful, and the average airfare to New York for tournament dates is down from last year, particularly for fans who fly into Westchester Airport.

With tennis such an international sport, top players only compete in the U.S. a few times a year, so fans won’t want to miss them at the biggest tournament of all.  There’s a lot on the line, particularly for fans on a budget.  The tickets have to be reasonable, and the travel has to be available and wallet-friendly.  Fortunately, all the stars have aligned this year for in New York.

 According to online ticket seller ticketiq.com, the average ticket price on the resale market for first-round play ranges between $167 and $221 approximately.  For the 2nd round, the range is between $230 and $306.  For the 3rd round, resale market ticket prices range from $323 to $479.  For the round of 16, ticket prices range from $265 to $454.  For the quarterfinals, prices range from $283 to $765.  For the semifinals, prices range from $632 to $792.  And for the finals, average resale market ticket prices range from $843 to $940 approximately.  For more information on tickets,visit http://www.tiqiq.com/tennis/us-open-tennis-tickets/us-open-tennis–arthur-ashe-stadium–08-29-2016/4011762563481.

The national average airfare to New York metro airports is $282, which is slightly less than the $297 average in 2015.  Fans can save a bit by using Westchester Airport in nearby White Plains, where the national average airfare for 2016 is $272.  The average in 2015 was quite a bit higher – $347.

New York area hotels for the tournament tend toward the pricey side.  Fans may not be aware that they’re also competing for rooms with the 256 players in the tournament and their entourages, as well as the media coming in to cover the event.  The average daily room rate (ADR) in New York for tournament dates is $211.62, or 22% higher than the 2015 ADR of $172.55.  As of August 22nd, the rate range on priceline.com for 4-star hotel rooms was $182-$771, while the range for 3-star hotels was $137-$606.

Ticket, airfare and hotel prices were collected during the week of August 24.  Prices, fares, rates and availability are subject to change at any time.

Priceline.com has pulled together a special page where fans can see all the special rates and deals available for hotel rooms during the tournament – https://www.priceline.com/promotions/hotels/nyc.html