It’s official – the US Open is about to become bigger and better than ever.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the signing of legislation to expand and improve the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the annual home of the American Slam. The legislation will enable critical infrastructure repairs, allow more fans to attend major tournaments and create more than 1,500 construction and full-time jobs.
“As the site of the US Open, the [USTA] Billie Jean King National Tennis Center brings thousands of fans to New York every year, boosting our tourism industry and spurring local economic activity,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York is proud to showcase the biggest players in tennis at this annual event, and I am committed to making this facility the best it can be to attract and host more events like the US Open.
“Today's legislation will help make that possible, by allowing the expansion and improvement of this sports complex, while also creating more than 1,500 jobs for the community,” he added. “From Citi Field to Yankee Stadium to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York offers the best venues for sports and entertainment in the country.”
On Aug. 15, the USTA and architectural partners ROSSETTI and Hunt Construction Group unveiled the strategic vision for the estimated $550 million makeover of Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadiums with retractable roofs, a new Grandstand stadium court, wider walkways and improved traffic flows throughout the grounds. Cuomo’s blessing now puts the plan in motion, with initial construction beginning shortly after the conclusion of the 2013 tournament.