NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - So much excitement swirled around Day 1 of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. It was the only day when every player is still alive in the fight to win the final grand slam of the year. But we already know the action on the court is going to be top-level. It's what's off the court that has everyone talking because even if you've been here before you've never seen the Open like this.
As soon as you step on the grounds of the 2016 U.S. Open, you're immediately taken to a tennis haven: from the new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium to the grand opening of the new Grandstand. The noticeable upgrades at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center have fans more excited than ever.
For many, one of the best changes is the expanded food village, which now has five restaurants and 60 concession stands.
The experience alone is something to remember. But if all that's not enough, don't forget: there's the best tennis in the world.
If you are planning on coming to the U.S. Open, tournament organizers say the best and most cost-effective way is by public transit. The MTA will be stepping up all service to the area. If you do plan on driving, it's advised you give yourself enough time and plan accordingly, keeping in mind there may be some parking restrictions when the Mets are playing at home.