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USTA To Build Roof Over Arthur Ashe Stadium That Could Be Ready For '16 U.S. Open
Published August 15, 2013
A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS: In N.Y., Meyers & Zinser write the USTA "would probably like the roof to be in the first wave of its planned renovation, which could include a new Grandstand court" by '15. USTA officials have long said that they were "committed to adding a roof on Ashe once technology allowed it." They had "commissioned at least four roof studies" over the past decade. USTA officials have "emphasized that an Ashe roof would need to be five times larger than the one that spans Wimbledon’s Centre Court." Rossetti Architects is "designing the roof for Ashe Stadium." The U.S. Open was the "only Grand Slam event that did not have an existing roof or plans for one on at least one showcase court" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/15). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Chris Herring reports Rossetti already is "heading up a current renovation project that will add two new stadiums to a tennis center that boasts 12 indoor courts, 19 field courts, four clay bubbled courts and three stadium courts" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/15).