The US Open Will Have Two Retractable Roofs Built By 2018
by Staff | August 15th, 2013, 2:13 pm

The USTA announced today a $550 million dollar renovation to the US Open that will including the construction of two retractable roofs over Arthur Ashe Stadium as well as one over a new Louis Armstrong court.

In addition, the tournament will move the Grandstand to it’s own separate 8,000-seat structure as part of an overall expansion of the grounds.

“We have been working toward a viable design for a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium for more than a decade,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Dave Haggerty. “Through a long and arduous process, we feel that we now have a design that meets the criteria of being architecturally sound, aesthetically pleasing, reasonably affordable, and buildable.”

The roof over the cavernous Ashe court, which has a target completion date of 2017 and could be ready for 2016, is expected to be four times the size of Wimbledon’s court.

The Ashe roof will be constructed of flexible, translucent PTFE fabric stretched over a steel frame and will be supported by eight steel columns surrounding the stadium. It’s expected to open and close in 5-7 minutes.

The men’s final at the US Open has been heldover to Monday the last five years.

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7 Comments for The US Open Will Have Two Retractable Roofs Built By 2018

Sean Randall Says:

I will miss the Monday finals.

Ben Pronin Says:

The stadium in the bottom right hand corner is pretty great. I watched Cilic beat Matosevic last year. It’s a stadium but small enough so you get a great feel.

Humble Rafa Says:

I will be there in 2017 adding to my Goat-ness.

SG1 Says:

Down with Monday finals. They stink. Can’t watch a final when you’re working.

Michael Says:

As other majors like Wimbledon and Australian Open, they should have planned it much early since the tournament has always been hostage to frequent rains and matches have been cancelled much to the consternation of spectators and Television viewers. It seems this ritual will continue till 2017 atleast and that is really bad news. It reflects very badly on the US Open organizers and I hope they make some amends to complete this job as soon as possible.

Emily Says:

I was at that match too! Didn’t think I would be there til midnight. That stadium is a bit of an odd shape for me and I’ll miss the Grandstand. It feels intimate and you can see into it from Armstrong so you’re watching two matches at once.

WTF Says:

Do they have models or mock ups of how it will look with the roof? I don’t imagine it will be easy to install.

It’s something they should have undertaken 20 years ago.

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