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So Arlen says new roof will be added on Ashe Stadium.

How long will it take them to install the roof on Ashe?? I'd assume those tall light poles on top of Ashe will be gone.
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Re: So Arlen says new roof will be added on Ashe Stadium.

Seems kind of unnecessary, most of the time rain is no issue.

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Seems kind of unnecessary, most of the time rain is no issue.
I kind of agree.

The rain problem at US Open is not as serious as Wimbledon.
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Re: So Arlen says new roof will be added on Ashe Stadium.

Here is an article on it:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/ten...ory?id=3571584

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U.S. Open moves up first men's semifinal because of storm fears

NEW YORK -- In the not-too-distant future, there could be a retractable roof on the U.S. Open's main stadium, and organizers won't have to worry about tropical storms the way they were worrying Friday.

"It's a matter of 'when,' not 'if," a dome will be added to Arthur Ashe Stadium, said Arlen Kantarian, the U.S. Tennis Association's CEO for professional tennis. "It's the right next thing to do."

The USTA has looked into the possibility of adding a roof in the past but rejected the project as too costly. A recent new study suggests it could be done now because of lighter materials that could be used.

"We're hearing it's a lot more feasible," Kantarian said. "We're a bit more optimistic."

The Australian Open already has retractable roofs over its two main courts, and Wimbledon is due to have one in place next year.

"Wimbledon announced in '03 having one in place in '09," Kantarian said. "Will it take that long? I don't think so."

Because Tropical Storm Hanna is expected to bring heavy rain and wind to the New York area Saturday, the start of the U.S. Open men's semifinals were moved up to an hour earlier that day. The tournament was also preparing to delay the men's final a day until Monday if needed.

The men's semifinals will start Saturday at 11 a.m. ET, instead of noon.

If rain forces the postponement of both of the men's semifinals and the women's final, which is scheduled for Saturday night, those matches would be rescheduled for Sunday. The men's semifinals would begin at 1 p.m., and the women's final would be slated for 9 p.m. In that case, the men's final would be rescheduled from Sunday until Monday at 4 p.m.

If the men's semifinals are completed Saturday, but the women's final is not, then the tournament plans to play both championship matches Sunday. One would begin at 5 p.m., the other at 9 p.m.

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I kind of agree.

The rain problem at US Open is not as serious as Wimbledon.
its even less of an issue in Australia, yet they have 2 courts with roofs
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Re: So Arlen says new roof will be added on Ashe Stadium.

About time, good decision, get it done USTA - considering how sensitive they are about tv slots and ratings, I would think this is an absolute no brainer unless the cost runs into the billions - rain at the Open may not be as huge an issue as at Wimbledon but it does come and it does cause problems sometimes, you rarely get a totally rain free US Open so a roof is the way to go to make sure at least some tennis is being played - and with a closed roof you can pack matches on hardcourts all day long.
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I kind of agree.

The rain problem at US Open is not as serious as Wimbledon.
You obviously have not heard about global warming and climate change in the coming years.
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its even less of an issue in Australia, yet they have 2 courts with roofs
At Australian Open, they get 2 roofs mainly because the temperature can get really really hot during summer time at Melbourne. Rain is not that big of issue there, but heat is.
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Re: So Arlen says new roof will be added on Ashe Stadium.

Typical USTA action...waiting as long as possible (in order to make as much money as possible)...hoping that the logical step will not be necessary.

They were obviously shamed into this decision by the efforts of the Wimbledon committee.

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Re: So Arlen says new roof will be added on Ashe Stadium.

I am curious to know why they take that decision now instead of going for it after the 2003 US Open, that was an incomparably greater disaster than the curent one.

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So there is going to be an Indoors Grand Slam. Great.

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Re: So Arlen says new roof will be added on Ashe Stadium.

Rain is not usually a problem at the U.S. Open. The Unites States Tennis Association should take the immense amount of money they will need to build a roof over Arthur Ashe stadium and spend it on developing young talented tennis players and in building more tennis courts and sponsoring tennis leagues nationwide.

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Typical USTA action...waiting as long as possible (in order to make as much money as possible)...hoping that the logical step will not be necessary.

They were obviously shamed into this decision by the efforts of the Wimbledon committee.
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I am curious to know why they take that decision now instead of going for it after the 2003 US Open, that was an incomparably greater disaster than the curent one.
Did you guys read the article above? New technology/materials make it cheaper and it can be installed quicker. This is the biggest tennis stadium in the world, and although it may have been cost-effective at the AO and Wimbledon, it wasn't feasible at Arthur Ashe until now (not to mention that there is a greater need for it at those two slams). They got a lot of heat after the 2003 USO. They definitely would've installed a roof after that if it had been cost-effective and practical. My guess is that a roof has been in the works for a while (Kanterian has mentioned discussions about it before). It probably only came up now because there was a weather issue affecting the schedule.
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I am curious to know why they take that decision now instead of going for it after the 2003 US Open, that was an incomparably greater disaster than the curent one.
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Re: So Arlen says new roof will be added on Ashe Stadium.

the German ES commentator talked about that yesterday and he said that it's still not possible to add a roof on Arthur Ashe stadium but that USTA decided to build a completely new stadium with a roof soon.
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