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US Open stadium to have roof by 2017 tourney


August 15. 2013 1:41PM
Associated Press

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(AP) The U.S. Open's main stadium is expected to have a roof by 2017.


U.S. Tennis Association officials said Thursday that Arthur Ashe Stadium could be covered as soon as the 2016 tournament, but more likely the following year.


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 $100 million, down from $200 million.


The Ashe roof is part of a larger plan to rebuild and expand other courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. No. 2 stadium Louis Armstrong will eventually be covered, too.


Associated Press


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