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Arthur Ashe Roof: Project Statistics

2.6 Billion

  Number of tennis balls that can fit within the bowl with the roof closed 9 Times more balls can fit in Arthur Ashe Stadium than the Center Court at Wimbledon. 

1 Million

  Weight in pounds of each retractable panel, including components such as mechanization system and fabric Each panel equals the weight of 12.5 loaded semi-trucks at max capacity.


  Total area (in square feet) of the roof Total size of the roof is the surface area of 17 Olympic sized swimming pools.


  Square feet of the fabric panels Fabric panels are the surface area of 14 Olympic sized swimming pools


  Square feet of the roof opening 22 tennis courts could fit inside the roof opening


  Seating capacity of Arthur Ashe Stadium The seating capacity makes this the largest retractable roof over a tennis stadium in the world


  Tons of structural steel used during construction  


  Horsepower of the motors used to power the roof system The horsepower is almost twice the amount of horsepower in a V8 Hemi Engine


  Span in feet of each catenary truss that supports the roof Each truss is 100 feet longer than a football field


  LED sports lights used to light the roof This new LED system by MUSCO Lighting will create uniformity of light + a significant reduction of glare on the court. The lights are optimized for broadcast.


  Height in feet from top of the roof when closed From the base to the torch, the stadium is approximately 55 ft. taller than the Statue of Liberty


  Percent of shade that the new PTFE fabric will provide to spectators.  PTFE is a Teflon coated polytetrafluoroethylen fabric, that is stretched over the framing system


  Miles per hour of maximum wind speed that the roof can still be operated Average speed of a severe thunderstorm that starts from dead calm reaches about 31 miles per hour.


  Maximum travel speed of the roof in feet per minute  The roof can open + close eight times faster than the average walking speed of an adult.


  Columns support the entire roof and are located at each of corner of the octagon-shaped roof.  At each corner tripod columns are diagonally attached to reduce the span of the trusses. The columns are completely independent from the existing stadium.


  3-dimensional modeling tools were used to  design the roof by the architectural design team Revit, Revit Structure, Navisworks, Grasshopper, Rhino, Tekla, Inventor were the programs used


  Number of scoreboards One scoreboard will be located on each side of stadium


  Number of winches used to open + close the roof The operation of the winches is similar to gantry + bridge crane technology


  Number of retractable panels that move to close the roof Each panel is 38,000 SF and travels on a 27” wheel along a steel stack 


  Thickness in inches of PTFE roof fabric