(June 10, 2015) Flushing Meadows, N.Y. – The United States Tennis Association announced that the final piece of steel has been placed in the superstructure that will support the retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium. In all, 5,000 tons of steel were needed to complete the massive project. The roof will be fully operational for the 2016 US Open.
The retractable roof is the centerpiece of a complete re-imagining of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The transformation of the site will include the roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, a new 8,000-seat Grandstand Stadium, a new 14.000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium, and the reconfiguration of the entire southern campus of the site. Construction on the new Grandstand Stadium has begun, with 90,000 cubic yards of fill removed from the site. The steel shell of the new stadium will begin to rise as foundation work is ongoing. The Grandstand Stadium will open for the 2016 US Open.
The USTA began the first phase of upgrades last year when the organization re-designed and rebuilt the West Stadium Courts and Practice Gallery. Platform seating for 3,000 people was constructed so that, for the first time, fans could enjoy unobstructed views of US Open seeded players practicing. The structure also provided a prime viewing location for the three tournament courts to the west of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“We are redefining ‘spectacular’ at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and this transformation will allow the US Open to maintain its place at the pinnacle of sporting experiences in the U.S. and around the world,” said Gordon Smith, USTA Chief Operating Officer. “With a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, two new stadiums and an expanded southern campus, the National Tennis Center will become the best tennis venue in the world.”
This transformation of the National Tennis Center, a $500 million project that is privately funded by the USTA, will include:
- A retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium (operational in 2016)
- A new Grandstand Stadium (slated to open in 2016)
- A new Food Village adjacent to Grandstand Stadium (2016)
- An expanded southern campus that will include new tournament courts and enhanced fan amenties (2016)
- A new Louis Armstrong Stadium (scheduled completion date 2018)