The US Open announced plans for a new Grandstand court as part of a strategic vision which will let 10,000 more people in the grounds - but there are no plans yet to build a roof on the Arthur Ashe stadium court.
“The US Open is one of the city’s greatest sporting events, and it generates more than $750 million a year in economic activity,” commented Mayor Bloomberg. “The city recognizes the crucial need to improve the USTA facility and supports this vision, so that the center remains a top-ranked tennis venue capable of hosting the US Open, and thereby allowing the tournament to remain in New York City for many decades.”
“Our goal remains to ensure that the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center remains a world-class facility for the top professional tennis players, for the hundreds of thousands of fans who annually attend the US Open, and, as importantly, the near hundred thousand recreational tennis players who use this facility all year round,” said Jon Vegosen, Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA. “The Strategic Vision will enable us to achieve this goal.”