New York, NY – ROSSETTI announced the upcoming completion of several stadiums within the USTA’s National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, the world’s largest tennis event. The phased $550 million “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, 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 USTA National Tennis Center transformation takes advantage of a trademarked ‘Return on DesignTM’ approach that has become a hall mark of the firm’s practice.
“Typically, architects see their role as building designers and consultant managers,” says Matt Rossetti, CEO and President of ROSSETTI. “Our process is far more comprehensive by investigating and conceptualizing innovations in our clients’ business models in a discovery phase, then going into the actual design of the spaces.” Currently, ROSSETTI is collaborating with USTA on a BIM standard that customizes USTA stadia operations and facilities management plans for life cycle management; both USTA and ROSSETTI believe this may be the most advanced maintenance and capital planning tool for any large-scale sports venue in the world.
This August, the USTA National Tennis Center will inaugurate the following projects as part of the Sports Spectacle master plan:
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, fiberglass membrane or PTFE fabric. The roof opening is 250’x250' wide and engineered to open and close within 10 minutes.
Under the ROSSETTI master plan, a new 8,125-seat, 125,000 square foot 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 by the 2018 US Open, which will culminate in the opening of the yet-to-be-revealed 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium and finalization 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 $700 million in economic impact.