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Report: US Open to add roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium

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8/14/2013 11:47:12 AM
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The United States Tennis Association has decided to add a retractable roof to Arthur Ashe Stadium as part of renovations to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, according to the The New York Post.

A Thursday news conference will be held to explain the details.

The All England Club features a retractable roof on its famed Centre Court for Wimbledon, as does the main show court at the Australian Open, Rod Laver Arena, and the French Open has announced plans to cover its main court, Court Philippe Chatrier.

The U.S. Open is staged every year in late August/early September in Flushing Meadows, where rain has been a major player over the last few years, forcing Monday finishes the last two years.

Last year, the USTA announced that it planned to spend $500 million to renovate the National Tennis Center, but said the changes would not include a retractable roof at the 23,000-seat Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis stadium in the world.

Rain falls in Arthur Ashe stadium (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)
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