Event Guide

Keep up-to-date with event, fan and venue information at Laver Cup Chicago 2018

ESSENTIALS

Session times

There are three singles and one doubles on each day of the Laver Cup, over five sessions. A one-set doubles match will determine the winner if points are level on Sunday.

The five session times are as follows:

  • Friday, September 21: Day 1pm, Match 1 (singles) f/b Match 2 (singles)
  • Friday, September 21: Night 7pm, Match 3 (singles) f/b Match 4 (doubles)
  • Saturday, September 22: Day 1pm, Match 5 (singles) f/b Match 6 (singles)
  • Saturday, September 22: Night 7pm, Match 7 (singles) f/b Match 8 (doubles)
  • Sunday, September 23: Day 12pm, Match 9 (doubles) f/b Match 10 (singles), Match 11 (singles), Match 12 (singles) and a Decider (Match 13 – doubles) if points are even.

An exhibition match will be played on Sunday after the trophy ceremony if the Laver Cup has been won after Match 9.

Gate times

United Center gates open 90 minutes before session start.
Guests should retain their ticket throughout the event and be prepared to show their ticket when entering the specific seating area.

ATM and cash withdrawals

ATMs are located on the 100 Level next to the Team Store at Section 117, inside the Box Office lobby (East Atrium), inside the Atrium located in the southeast corner, Lexus Club Level Section 221, and on the 300 Level across from Section 327.

Elevators

Elevators are located next to Gates 3 and 7.

Escalators

Escalators are located at Gates 2, 3, 6 and 7 and provide access to both the 200 Club Level and 300 Level.

First Aid

First Aid stations are located on the 100 Level across from Section 115 and on the 300 Level across from Section 327.

Restrooms

Restrooms are located on all levels. Family restrooms are located on the 100 Level in the First Aid room across from Section 115/116, and on the 300 Level at the top of Section 303/304.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the arena, including vapor electronic cigarettes. A designated smoking area is located outside Gate 7. To access, you must have your ticket scanned upon exiting and re-entering.

Water fountains

Water fountains are located near restrooms on all levels.

Transport

Supplemental Service (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only):
#19 United Center Express: The fastest way to get between downtown and the United Center before and after the event beginning two hours before play.

  • Visit this link for route and schedule information
  • Please note, due to local street closures, the #19 will pick-up and drop-off at the United Center on Damen at Madison (southwest corner)

Normal CTA Service (everyday):
#20 Madison: Before, during, and after the event

  • Coming from downtown to the Laver Cup? CTA buses will drop-off at Madison/Ashland (normal #20 service is rerouted during the event due to road closures)
  • Going downtown from the Laver Cup? CTA buses will pick-up at Madison/Damen (west of Damen)

# 50 Damen: Before, during, and after the event

  • The #50 will pick-up and drop-off at Damen/Madison (south of Madison)

Parking

All official United Center parking lots are located near the arena and can be accessed from Damen Ave., Madison St., Adams St., Warren Blvd., Wood St., Monroe St., and Washington St. Vehicle assistance is available if you parked in an official United Center lot. Parking lots open to public two hours prior to event time. Go here for more information.

Children

All guests – including children – are required to have a ticket to enter the arena.

Will Call

Will Call pickup is at the Main Box Office located at the East Atrium entrance. A valid photo ID is required when picking up tickets.

Backpacks & bags

United Center and the outside Fan Zone prohibit all back packs and hard-sided bags, along with any other bags (including briefcases, luggage, purses and diaper bags) that are larger than 14”x 14” x 6” in size. Single-compartment drawstring bags and fashion back pack purses are permitted. Please note that all approved bags are subject to inspection upon entry, and the United Center is unable to check or store prohibited items during the game. Three lockers outside the Laver Cup Fan Zone are available to leave luggage for a small fee.

Entry inspections

All guests entering the arena and the Laver Cup Fan Zone are subject to visual inspection, bag check, and metal detection conducted by United Center security. Guests will be required to walk through metal detectors at all gates.

Lost and found

If you have lost an item during the event, please visit the nearest Guest Relations booth.

Prohibited Items

Guests of the United Center and the Laver Cup Fan Zone are prohibited from entering the arena with the following:

  • Air horns or any other artificial noise makers
  • Banners, signs or flags
  • Fireworks
  • Laser pens or laser products of any type
  • Animals (excluding service animals)
  • Outside food or beverage of any kind (alcoholic beverages included)
  • Poles or sticks
  • Selfie sticks
  • Projectiles
  • Weapons of any kind, including guns, knives, pepper spray and mace
  • Any other item deemed unacceptable by the United Center. The United Center will not store any of the aforementioned items.

Strollers

Strollers must be checked in at any of the Guest Relations booths located at Gates 2 or 6, the Lexus Club Level at Section 221, or on the 300 Level across from Section 325.

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HOW IT WORKS

Scoring

Both singles and doubles are best-of-three sets with ad scoring. In the event of split sets, the third set is a 10-point match tiebreaker.

Points

Each match win will be worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday, and three points on Sunday. If points are 12-all on Day 3, a doubles set with a tiebreaker will decide the Laver Cup champion. The winning team must reach 13 points. An exhibition match will be played after the trophy ceremony if the overall winner is decided after Match 9.

Players

Each player will play at least one singles match during the first two days. No player will play singles more than twice during the event. At least four of the six players must play doubles. No doubles combination can be played more than once, unless for the doubles decider on Day 3, if points are tied at 12-all. Match-ups will be determined one after the end of each day’s play through the exchange of lineup cards by the captains.

Daily Lineup

The Laver Cup’s suspense begins with the daily lineup. The day before the first session, captains Borg and McEnroe present their players for Matches 1 to 4 (three singles, one doubles) in a blind exchange of cards.

On days two and three, one team provides their lineup in full to the Referee at a designated time after play on Friday (for Saturday matches) and Saturday (for Sunday matches).

The lineup card is shared with the opposing team Captain, who responds by submitting his lineup card to the Referee.

The home team Captain (McEnroe in Chicago) has the choice to decide who will submit his lineup first on days two and three, and this decision must accompany the blind submission on Thursday.

Because no singles or doubles match can be repeated (except for the deciding doubles match should it be required), the responding team Captain cannot submit a duplicate match-up.

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WATCH AND FOLLOW

On TV and Mobile

The Laver Cup is available to watch on pay and free-to-air channels globally. Check here for a current list of broadcasters. In addition, Amazon Prime Video will provide live streaming to all regions. Find out how to join & watch the Laver Cup on Amazon Prime at amazon.com/lavercup

On Social

Follow the Laver Cup at facebook.com/LaverCup and watch out for exclusive Team World/Team Europe behind-the-scenes coverage on Instagram and Twitter @LaverCup. Tag @LaverCup with your Instagram photos and use the official hashtag #LaverCup to join the conversation.

In the Laver Cup Fan Zone

All matches will be broadcast live on a giant LED screen.

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FAN ZONE

 

The largest ever Fan Zone staged at the United Center will open from 10am-10pm from September 20, with a special family session from 4pm on Thursday.

Holders of Laver Cup event tickets will be given access to the Fan Zone by presenting their tickets. General public can gain access via a free digital Fan Zone ticket available here

Event tickets are only valid to enter the Fan Zone on the day of the ticket.

Fan Zone gives visitors unique access to watch Laver Cup players practice and warm up ahead of matches, as well as get involved in the event.

Located in parking lot C, outside of the United Center and in front of the main entrance, the Laver Cup Fan Zone features:

  • Giant LED screen streaming live footage from center court
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame history showcase, including opportunities to take a photo of the Laver Cup trophy and learn about the evolution of the event and tennis in Chicago
  • Mini tennis hosted by the United States Tennis Association, giving kids and adults an opportunity to sample the sport using modified equipment
  • Arcade-style tennis games presented by Net Generation, a USTA initiative putting people in touch with their nearest tennis clubs
  • In Wilson’s hometown, the Wilson Fan Zone experience will include your chance to customize tennis rackets, footballs, volleyballs and basketballs, in addition to engaging in a range of performance tennis equipment. The highlight of the Wilson brand experience will be the limited edition Pro Staff RF97, which Roger Federer will be playing with exclusively at the Laver Cup 2018.

Practice courts

Team World and Team Europe players can be seen warming up on a purpose-built Laver Cup black court, surrounded by a 30-feet glass wall for viewing. Fans will have an opportunity to get up close to players during practice sessions. The practice court is located in the heart of the Fan Zone.

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FOOD AND BEVERAGE

  • An attractive collection of local restaurants are located throughout the Fan Zone along with a eer tent and wine bar
  • Chase cardholders can access the Chase Lounge located in the Fan Zone
  • Experience Italian pasta sensations at the Barilla booth in the Fan Zone, with seating areas for guests.
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MERCHANDISE

 

Pick up Laver Cup merchandise in the Fan Zone and at outlets throughout the arena, including team-themed T-shirts, caps, towels, key chains and limited edition mini racquets.

Fan Zone Merchandise Booth (open to the public)
Open daily from 10am – 10pm starting Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 23

United Center Merchandise Booths (various locations inside the arena) – open for ticket-holders only

Shop here

 

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