The red, white, and blue categories in Court Philippe Chatrier at the French Open

First published on May 6, 2007

Pardon the randomness, but during my first Eurotrip I’m going to see the French Open (aka Roland-Garros, the tennis tournament on clay). Sourcing tickets is not easy and my advice is to… plan early, like as early as November (the tournament is at the end of May and beginning of June).

Anyway, from what I’ve discovered, there are three kinds of tickets (Philippe Chatrier — center court + general grounds, Suzanne Lenglen — court #1 + general grounds, and just general grounds) all good for access for a day. This is described quite well on the websites of ticket resellers such as this one. There’s also a 4th kind of ticket that you can buy the day of, in order to see night matches only.

I ended up buying a ticket to Philippe Chatrier (and the other courts except for Suzanne Lenglen) on eBay. Yeah, probably not the best place to get the ticket, but I don’t really have any contacts in France to line up for the leftover tickets sales and I don’t really want to rely on the scalpers. The big confusion for me is that my research about Philippe Chatrier reveals that there are three categories of tickets for that court — red, white, and blue. But the map that accompanies the ticket seller looks like this:

Map of the seating for Philippe Chatrier stadium

Yeah, no red, white, or blue. So how do you know what tickets you’re getting in advance?

Well, the lower-level seating AB, BB, CB, and DB are the red section. The middle, front of the upper-level of sections A, B, and D are the white section, while the corner and back sections of A, B, and D are the blue section.


4 Responses to “The red, white, and blue categories in Court Philippe Chatrier at the French Open”

  1. Leah says:

    Oooooo….so exciting!

  2. Julia says:

    Wow that is so cool!! Can you blog about it?? Please???

  3. Renata says:

    Hi, the answer is simple, this is the plan of second big arena Susanne Lenglen. You can buy the tickets which are still to sell on the roland garros site from the 19 may (from midnight 18-19 may). – here You can see the correct plan of central court.
    Good luck Renata

  4. cn says:

    were the courts just so impressive? clay is stunning in person! glad u got to u and seriously u should write travel entries more duuuuddddeeeeee! u can always guest post on my blog but then again it’s part of your blog so it’s like writing on ur own space..kinda? kinda!

    Reply from Peter: Yes, it was a great experience, although it rained for most of the day.

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