Queens Scores Another Ace

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In case you were wondering . . .

The United States Tennis Association hosted a media preview Wednesday of the ongoing construction of the US Open construction projects, which include a retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium as well as new Grandstand and Louis Armstrong stadiums.

“The intent here is that we’ll always have two matches that could play side by side with two retractable roofs,” said Danny Zausner, chief operating officer for the National Tennis Center.

The 250-foot-by-250-foot retractable roof will be fully operational and ready to debut at the 2016 US Open.  The Grandstand stadium will also be completed and match-ready, along with the fully revamped Southern Campus. Although Arthur Ashe’s capacity will remain the same at 23,771 during the 2016 and 2017 US Opens, the capacity for the Grandstand will increase from 6,106 in 2015 to 8,000 in 2016 and 2017.

This fall, the old Louis Armstrong Stadium and the old Grandstand will be demolished. Construction on the new Louis Armstrong stadium will also begin and should be finalized by winter/spring 2017-2018.  The stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2018 US Open. The capacity for Louis Armstrong remains at 10,103 for 2015 and 2016, but it is not yet known what its capacity will be in 2017.

Work also kicked off on the new West Stadium Courts as well as the Practice Gallery, both of which officially debuted during the 2014 US Open.

Zausner explained during a brief presentation outlining the status of the projects at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park,  “It’s a tremendous amount of work,” he said. “A lot of people think of the whole project as just about the roof opening and closing, but there are so many other pieces to it.”

Another gem is being added to Queen’s tiara of outstanding world-renowned entertainment facilities . . .

Game on!

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