Roof taking shape around Arthur Ashe Stadium

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November 21, 2014 01:15 PM
By Nicholas J. Walz, USOpen.org
 
The process of raising the roof at the US Open is making tremendous strides.
 
In the last week, the first of 24 steel columns that will support the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium – each 150-feet high, all in blue to match the color of the US Open courts – was installed in the southwest campus of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. In roughly 18 months’ time, the 200,000-square-foot steel-and-Teflon canopy roof is slated to be ready for final tests, followed by its highly anticipated debut at the 2016 US Open.
 
 
 
Each of the two dozen support columns surrounding Arthur Ashe Stadium will ultimately be secured by pilings that extend nearly 200 feet into the earth, encased in concrete. At the 2014 US Open, those concrete bases were camouflaged as tables and planters.
 
The roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium is not the only project ongoing in Flushing Meadows, however. This past summer, three new courts (Courts 4, 5 and 6) and a multi-tiered viewing gallery for the practice courts were unveiled – the West Stadium Courts and Practice Gallery – the first major checkpoint passed in what will be a five-year Strategic Transformation of the National Tennis Center. In the next four years, a new Louis Armstrong Stadium and Grandstand will also be erected, as well as 10 new field courts.
 
A large remodel of the south campus, complete with widened concourses connecting the current Court 17 with the new Grandstand, is also ongoing.
 
 
“We’ve accomplished our goals in the first phase of our strategic transformation and now it’s time to transform our showcase stadiums and the rest of the site,” said Daniel Zausner, Chief Operating Officer of the National Tennis Center. “Seeing it all come to fruition and to see the teamwork, it is an awesome feeling to know that sometime in the not-so-distant future, we will have a facility that will be the envy of the sports world.”
 
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STRATEGIC TRANSFORMATION TIMELINE OF COMPLETION
 

For 2016 US Open: A roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium complete and operational.

For 2016 US Open: New Grandstand stadium debuts.

For 2016 US Open: Parts of the south campus expanded to alleviate traffic on the grounds; these widened walkways will eventually connect Court 17 to the new Grandstand. Part of this construction will include 10 rebuilt field courts.

For 2018 US Open: New Louis Armstrong Stadium debuts.

 

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