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SBD Global/April 24, 2013/Facilities
All England Club Gives Green Light For Roof To Be Added To Court One
Published April 24, 2013
GOING UNDERGROUND: In London, Simon Briggs reported architects Grimshaw "has been handed" the next phase of Wimbledon's modernization. The All England Club "declined to put any figure on the costs involved, but this looks like half-a-billion pounds' worth of development." Given the "inability of the club to expand its boundaries outwards," and the necessity to create more space for players, broadcasters and commercial partners, "the only realistic way was down." A "massive excavation over the next seven years" is expected, so that the next generation of locker-rooms "can be housed underneath the courts" (TELEGRAPH, 4/23).
MAINTAINING STATUS: In London, Mike Dickson opined, "Those who regard Wimbledon as slightly staid or old fashioned have always profoundly misunderstood the All England Club, never more so than when it comes to this announcement of jaw dropping prize money increases and yet more redevelopment of the grounds." It is "all about maintaining the tournament’s position as, arguably, the most successful annual event in any sport and certainly in tennis -- something that does not come without a talent for innovation and surprise." It "was emphasised that it will not be the ordinary fans through the gate who foot the bill, with a pledge to keep ticket prices steady and the money coming from increased commercial activity and aspects like the huge new television deal announced with China" (DAILY MAIL, 4/23).