Report: USTA to build retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium

Wednesday August 14th, 2013

The USTA will add a roof to Arthur Ashe Stadium. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) The USTA will add a roof to Arthur Ashe Stadium, home to the U.S. Open final. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The United States Tennis Association will add a retractable roof to Arthur Ashe Stadium as part of renovations to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, reports The New York Post.

Details of the plan are expected to be announced at a press conference on Thursday. The U.S. Open is held every fall at National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, and rain has impacted the men's final the past few years. Andy Murray's win last year came after the originally scheduled match was rained out and pushed back to Monday, as did Novak Djokovic's win the previous year.

The USTA announced last year that it planned to spend $500 million to renovate the National Tennis Center but said the changes would not include a retractable roof.

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At the time, officials said they had yet to find a way to cover Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis arena in the world. But the USTA said that it would continue looking for a way to retrofit the 23,000-seat stadium with a roof. “It’s very important long-term to us,” said Gordon Smith, the USTA's chief operating officer, last year.

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