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SBD/August 27, 2012/Facilities
USTA Says U.S. Open Will One Day Get Roof, But Still No Timetable Or Cost
Published August 27, 2012
ROOF IS NEEDED: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Daniel Kaplan writes the USTA "has suffered withering criticism" for not having a roof in place. When the group announced in June “a half-billion-dollar redevelopment plan that did not include adding a roof, the media focused on what the effort did not have rather than what it did.” The USTA “plans to press on with its redevelopment plan while it studies the roof option.” In addition to the “engineering obstacles posed by a roof, the USTA must overcome organizational obstacles that have put such a project on hold in the past.” Under the proposal, the shell of Arthur Ashe Stadium’s upper bowl “would remain, but the seats, and the concrete that attaches them to the shell, would come out.” The seats and attached materials account for “about 40 to 50 percent of the upper bowl’s weight.” The idea behind the current proposal “is that the lighter-weight replacement seats, plus a roof, would weigh the same as the portion of the stadium that would be replaced.” Vegosen and Smith “declined to say if a decision is near, saying only that the technological progress in the area is rapid and had speeded the possibilities greatly.” No cost estimates have been released (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/27 issue).