New Louis Armstrong Stadium Debuts August 27

by | May 19, 2018 | James Hilchen, News, Tennis

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center unveiled its latest improvement this week; one which will guarantee more fans the ability to see live tennis, even during inclement weather.

The new Louis Armstrong Stadium will be the second main show court behind Arthur Ashe Stadium, and much like Ashe, will have a roof. Armstrong Stadium will seat 14,000 fans. Of those, a little over half will be available to fans that have purchased general admission tickets to the event, known as grounds passes. Unlike Ashe Stadium, there will be no luxury boxes in Armstrong. The 14,000 seats will be comprised of two decks, with the bottom deck being reserved tickets and the upper deck open to those with GA tickets.

The new stadium will be the largest naturally ventilated stadium in the world, unlike other roofed stadiums, which require some kind of air conditioning. There are open ends of the stadium on the north and south sides which were designed specifically to take advantage of the prevailing winds.

Armstrong will allow the Open to have day and night sessions on two courts for the first time. As an added bonus for fans, even with the roof opened, 60% of the stadium will be in the shade. Concessions on both seating decks and a large number of restrooms will also make the new Armstrong Stadium far more fan friendly than its predecessor.

At a cost of $200 million, Armstrong, when combined with Ashe Stadium, will allow 40,000 fans to watch live tennis, rain or shine.

Armstrong Stadium will make its debut to the tennis world on August 27.


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