TENNIS IN THE PARK TRANSFORMED INTO SPECTACLE ON PAR WITH THE OLYMPICS
ROSSETTI has served as the United States Tennis Association’s master planner and architect since 1990. Located in the historic Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, the 46-acre campus is home of the US Open, the largest tennis event in the United States and the top rated “Grand Stand” tennis event in the world. Maintaining its position required significant investments in their infrastructure and fan experience, while also growing capacity for more than 750,000 guests and players at the event each year and valuable corporate partnership opportunities.
In 2010, ROSSETTI and the USTA embarked upon a discovery phase to create a “Sports Spectacle” master plan and invest more than $550 million into upgraded sports venues, commercial spaces, public realm/landscape improvements, and support facilities. Constructed between 2012 and 2018, the dramatic integration of sports, spectacle, nature and commerce positions the USTA as the world’s leading tennis organization and provides a state-of-the-art 21st century setting for the sport. The centerpiece of the master plan is the construction of a retractable roof over the existing Arthur Ashe Stadium, and two new stadiums — Grandstand Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium — anchoring two sides of the campus.
As a result of these collective enhancements to the campus, the National Tennis Center now has the capacity and state-of-the-art facilities for welcoming up to 10,000 additional people per day during the US Open and has increased their total attendance to over 1.2 million visitors.