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The USTA’s National Tennis Center gears up for completion of master plan

ROSSETTI has confirmed the imminent completion of several stadiums within the USTA’s National Tennis Center – home of the US Open, the world’s largest tennis event – major redevelopment this week.

The phased US$550m “Sports Spectacle” transformation initiated in 2010, includes three new ground-up stadiums; completion of the Arthur Ashe Stadium’s retractable roof, the largest of any other tennis venue in the world; new hospitality and entertainment venues; and significant improvements to the public realm for 750,000 fans, sponsors and athletes.

Over the past five years, the USTA’s roll-out of new stadiums and amenitites has substantially improved the overall experience, resulting in increased attendance and economic impact.

The original architects of Arthur Ashe Stadium, ROSSETTI has served as the USTA’s strategic design partner since 1990.

A signature project for ROSSETTI, the transformation of the USTA’s National Tennis Center takes advantage of a trademarked ‘Return on DesignTM’ approach that has become a hallmark of the firm’s practice.

Matt Rossetti, CEO and President of ROSSETTI, said:

Typically, architects see their role as building designers and consultant managers. Our process is far more comprehensive by investigating and conceptualising innovations in our clients’ business models in a discovery phase, then going into the actual design of the spaces.

The architectural practice, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, is currently collaborating with the USTA on a BIM standard that customises the Association’s stadia operations and facilities management plans for life cycle management; both parties believe this may be the most advanced maintenance and capital planning tool for any large-scale sports venue in the world.

The new grandstand stadium, which consists of 8,125-seats, was relocated to the southwest corner of campus to create a more even distribution of people and venues. Images courtesy: ROSSETTI/USTA

The USTA’s National Tennis Center will inaugurate the following projects as part of the ‘Sports Spectacle’ master plan this August: 

Arthur Ashe Stadium Retractable Roof

The largest retractable roof of any tennis venue in the world, ROSSETTI was selected as the project architect after intensive R+D, in collaboration with the New York office of WSP, to develop a lightweight roof that could be delivered within four objectives defined by the USTA. The octagonal roof measures 520’x 520’ in plan and is supported by eight steel columns located around the stadium’s perimeter and covered by a Teflon-coated, fibreglass membrane or PTFE fabric. The roof opening is 250’x250′ wide and engineered to open and close within 10 minutes.

Grandstand Stadium

Under the ROSSETTI master plan, a new 8,125-seat, 125,000sqft Grandstand Stadium is relocated to the southwest corner of the campus to create a more even distribution of people and venues throughout the campus. Marking an important shift in ROSSETTI’s design of stadiums worldwide, the design features a unique exterior skin pattern that metaphorically evokes the illusion of peering through the foliage of leaves. The material plays with opacity and translucence, offering glimpses into and out of the stadium. Its innovative skin is made of PTFE material fastened to a cable structure with parametric geometry.

South Tournament Courts

Building on the completion of other practice and training courts, including Court 17 (the only court designed with stadium viewing perspectives), the South Tournament Courts contribute to the improvements of the overall campus appearance. Inclusive of this scope are a new South Plaza, relocation of the ‘Court of Champions’, a new Pedestrian Allee, and new food and beverage concessions.

The USTA and ROSSETTI will complete the Sports Spectacle master plan in time for the 2018 US Open, which will culminate in the opening of the yet-to-be-revealed 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium and finalisation of public realm improvements and overall campus connectivity.

Every year, the US Open attracts over 750,000 visitors with projections for the new campus to draw a record-setting 1.2 million visitors and produce over US$700m in economic impact.


This US$550m phased ‘Sports Spectacular’ transformation project features in our latest Q2 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine, which will be available in electronic format within the next 5-7 days and in print within the next 5-7 days.