Tennis: US Open stadium to have roof by 2017 tourney
NEW YORK (AP) - US Open rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium will be no more by 2017.
The Grand Slam tournament's centre court could be covered by a retractable roof as soon as the 2016 tournament, but more likely the following year, United States Tennis Association (USTA) officials said on Thursday.
As the men's final was delayed to Monday each of the last five years, they had insisted a roof wasn't yet feasible financially or structurally. A decade after the USTA started studying the issue and three years after architectural firm Rossetti began researching the project, the price tag and the technology are finally workable. The construction will cost about US$100 million (S$127 million), down from earlier projections of US$200 million.
The US Open becomes the last of the four major tournaments to cover up. The main stadiums at Wimbledon and the Australian Open already have roofs, and the French Open is planning one.