The U.S. Open tennis tournament turns 50 this year, and its extreme makeover is nearly complete.
When the tournament begins on Aug. 27, the new Louis Armstrong Stadium will be finished – marking the end of a five-year, $600-million transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
The whole symmetrical stadium will be naturally ventilated, eliminating the need for air conditioning.
The open ends at the north and south are designed to capture the prevailing winds.
“We can pull in the breezes throughout the entire seating bowl at multiple levels,” said Matt Rossetti, CEO of ROSSETTI, the architectural firm that designed the new Armstrong. “In fact, there are even underground chambers that pull it through the lower courtside seating so that everybody’s comfortable.”
The roof can be closed in less than five minutes – even if winds are gusting up to 50 miles an hour.