Arthur Ashe Stadium

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Arthur Ashe Stadium
Interior of Arthur Ashe Stadium
Location USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing, Queens, New York
Owner USTA
Capacity 23,771
Surface Cement
Construction cost $ 254 million
($376 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect Rossetti Architects
US Open
In July 2008, Arthur Ashe Stadium hosted the first ever professional basketball game played outdoors.
Arthur Ashe Stadium, built in 1997 at the USTA National Tennis Center in New York City, is the world's largest tennis-specific stadium.

Arthur Ashe Stadium is a tennis stadium located in the New York City borough of Queens. Part of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center located within Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, it is the largest tennis-specific stadium in the world by capacity, with a capacity of 23,771 and is the main stadium of the US Open. The stadium is named after Arthur Ashe, who won the inaugural US Open in which professionals could compete in 1968.[2]


Opening in 1997, Arthur Ashe Stadium replaced Louis Armstrong Stadium as the primary venue for the tournament. The Stadium, which cost $254 million to construct, features 22,547 individual seats, 90 luxury suites, five restaurants and a two-level players' lounge, making it by far the largest outdoor tennis-only venue in the world. The Stadium, like the other 32 courts in the facility, has a DecoTurf cushioned acrylic surface. Due to its location near Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, all these stadiums share the Mets–Willets Point stop on the New York City Subway's IRT Flushing Line (7 <7> trains).

On August 25, 1997, the stadium was first used during the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, when singer Whitney Houston performed her hit song "One Moment in Time". The performance was for the stadium's inauguration ceremonies. Houston dedicated the performance to Ashe and to the opening of the new stadium named after him.[3]

On July 19, 2008, Arthur Ashe Stadium hosted the first ever regular season WNBA game to be played outdoors when the WNBA Indiana Fever beat the host New York Liberty, 71–55.[4] The game served as a fundraising event for breast cancer research.

Arthur Ashe Stadium is equipped with the Hawk-Eye electronic system which allows tennis players to challenge the umpire's decision on calls made throughout championships. In 2005, the color scheme for the courts was changed from green to electric blue inner courts and a light green outer court. All US Open Series events now use this color scheme. The change in court colors was to aid television viewers in tracking the ball since blue contrasts against the yellow tennis balls better.[5]

The stadium's lack of a retractable roof for inclement weather has been a subject of criticism. Rain delays during the US Open have been frequent, with the men's singles final being pushed back a day for five consecutive years from 2008 to 2012.[6] Furthermore, the lack of a roof can result in relatively strong and unpredictable winds inside the stadium.[7] Although no provision for the addition of a roof was included in the facility's original design, in 2013 the USTA announced plans to construct a roof over the stadium using a 5,000-ton superstructure.

The new roof was designed by Rossetti Architects and comprises 210,000 sq. ft. of PTFE membrane provided by Birdair.[8] The structure and mechanization of the retractable roof were designed by Geiger Engineers.[9] The retractable roof which will cost $100 million is part of a $550 million renovation of the National Tennis Center and is expected to be completed by the 2016 tournament.[10][11][12]

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  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Ashe & Armstrong Stadiums". United States Tennis Association's official website. Archived from the original on November 16, 2005. Retrieved June 30, 2005. 
  3. ^ Clifford Krauss (August 22, 1997). "Arthur Ashe Stadium's Opening Serve Is in Giuliani's Court". The New York Times. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ Robbins, Liz (July 20, 2008). "Liberty Has Its Moment in History, if Not a Victory". New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Blue courts to be used make viewing ball easier". Associated Press. May 16, 2005. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Open: For Fifth Straight Year, Men's Final Pushed to Monday". Sports Media Watch. September 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Clarey, Christopher (September 8, 2010). "At Main Court, Wind Is Common Opponent". New York Times. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Arthur Ashe Stadium (USTA)". Taiyo Kogyo Corporation. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Arthur Ashe Stadium (USTA)". Taiyo Kogyo Corporation. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Popper, Steve (September 3, 2003). "As Rain Continues, Officials Considering Roof for U.S. Open". New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "USTA: Retractable Roof Will Be Constructed Over Arthur Ashe Stadium". "CBS". 
  12. ^ Meyers, Naila-Jean (August 15, 2013). "Playing Doubles: U.S. Open Will Get 2 Roofs". The New York Times. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 40°44′59.59″N 73°50′49.32″W / 40.7498861°N 73.8470333°W / 40.7498861; -73.8470333