SBD/Issue 46/Facilities & Venues

USTA Approves Sweeping Overhaul Of National Tennis Center

Louis Armstrong Stadium To Be Torn Down
And Replaced With 10,000-15,000 Seat Venue

The USTA has “approved a sweeping overhaul of the National Tennis Center over the next eight years, including tearing down and replacing Louis Armstrong Stadium and building two mini-stadiums,” according to Daniel Kaplan of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The total redevelopment cost “exceeds $300 million, though only the first $30 million has been formally budgeted.” The construction plans “do not include a roof over the main stadium or over the planned new one,” and the new stadium will “retain Armstrong’s name.” The USTA said it will be “roof ready,” meaning that it would be “easier to add a covering to that venue later than it currently is to do so over the larger Arthur Ashe Stadium," where the U.S. Open’s final rounds are played. Architectural firm Rossetti is managing the redevelopment. A new 3,000-seat stadium will be built “adjacent to the hospitality building that opened last year on the property’s southeast corner.” The stadium may be open “as soon as next year’s tourney, but certainly by 2012, and would be the fourth-largest venue on the grounds.” Work also will begin “soon on widening the concourses on the upper levels of Arthur Ashe Stadium to add more rest rooms and concession stands.” Plans for the new Armstrong stadium “call for a venue between 10,000 and 15,000 seats.” A demolition of the current Armstrong stadium would also “include tearing down the 6,100-seat Grandstand Court, which is connected to Armstrong.” That venue would be “replaced by the second of the two planned mini-stadiums at a to-be-determined location, though the two main choices are the current spot or the southwest corner of the grounds” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/15 issue).

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