Tennis Center Could Get New Stadiums (but No Roof)

Louis Armstrong Stadium and the manual Drawboa...

Louis Armstrong Stadium and the manual Drawboard as seen from Arthur Ashe Stadium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the New York Times

The United States Tennis Association will spend an estimated $500 million through the coming decade to build a new Louis Armstrong Stadium, a new grandstand on unused land at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and a double-deck viewing area for fans to watch players practice during the United States Open.

But the plans do not include a roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium or the new Armstrong facility.

U.S.T.A. officials said that Arthur Ashe Stadium, which was built on a swamp-like ash dump, could not physically absorb the weight of a roof that would cover its expanse.

“It’s five times larger than the span that covers Wimbledon,” said Gordon Smith, the U.S.T.A.’s chief operating officer.

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