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USTA's Announced Renovation Of National Tennis Center Lacks Plans For Roof
Published June 15, 2012
- The 6,000-seat Grandstand adjacent to Louis Armstrong Stadium to be relocated
- Seven tournament courts moved to create more room for spectators to get about the grounds
- Armstrong Stadium rebuilt and expanded from 10,000 seats to 15,000
- New practice courts with viewing areas for fans
- Expanded parking garages (AP, 6/14).
RAISE THE ROOF: In N.Y., Naila-Jean Meyers wrote the reaction to the announcement of a renovation “focused on what the project does not include: a roof.” The N.Y. Times’ Christopher Clarey yesterday on Twitter wrote, “Ultimately, US Open's big mistake was building Ashe without roof in 1997 when Aus Open already had roofed stadium. Lack of vision #tennis." N.Y. Times blogger Craig O'Shannessy wrote: "the first and last dollar should/must be spent on an indoor arena. That's as obvious as the nose in the middle of your face..." (NYTIMES.com, 6/14). TENNIS.com’s Pete Bodo wrote, “This roof thing has taken on a life of its own, and for that reason you really have to feel for the USTA. The greater the fever, the more Ashe stadium is bound to be regarded somewhat contemptuously as a white elephant, a too-big-to-fail edifice that has a solid quarter-century of use left, but cannot be kitted out with a roof under any plan known to the USTA. Or any plan that makes sense at all levels.” It is “not just a matter of keeping up with the joneses; in fact, you can argue that biting the bullet on the outcry for a roof demonstrates that the USTA isn't just following the trend.” The USTA also has “resisted becoming Ashe-centric, which is not just a good thing for fans in general, but also for the tournament as a whole” (TENNIS.com, 6/14).