I'm glad Federer didn't get centre court. I get annoyed when Slams always put Federer and Nadal on centre court. Fedal versus a no name outside the top 100 shouldn't get preference over a high seed (say 5-10) playing a top 40/50 or well known player.
At the Australian Open last year for example, del Potro Blake got put on Hicense while Fedal thrashing a journeyman got put on centre. Those decisions annoy me.
Even being a Fedal fan, I agree with this. I completely understand their decision to put Federer on SL rather than PC today. Yes he may be the greatest tennis star to have played the game and he may be against a young home boy, but he is not the defending champion or amongst the top 2 seeds and his opponent is relatively unknown and hadn't played a YTD tour level match.
I do recall they put him on SL last year though when a spot on PC would have been better for the fans, but their scheduling today makes sense.
I think of greater concern is the attendance at this year's FO - especially in the first hour or so of play. It's sad that a there are so many empty seats around the show courts at the start of the early matches, no matter who is playing. In that regard, it didn't really matter that Fed played his match on SL rather than PC today since SL didn't fill completely.