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Wimbledon finally gets a roof

esther
01-06-2004, 01:16 PM
Put a lid on it

Wimbledon's Centre Court will be covered by a retractable roof under plans unveiled by the All England Club on Tuesday. After years of rejecting the idea, organisers of the grand slam finally agreed it was necessary to shield the most famous venue in tennis from London's rain to satisfy the demands of television.

After years of rejecting the idea, the club's management committee finally agreed it was necessary to shield the most famous venue in tennis from London's rain to satisfy the demands of television.

Construction on Centre Court is expected to begin in 2006 and a transluscent roof should be in place for the 2009 championships after a redevelopment plan which will also increase the show court's capacity to 15,000 from 13,800.

"It (Centre Court) is the jewel in our crown and what we are trying to do is to make it more precious than it already is," club chairman Tim Phillips told a news conference.

"Over the years we have been concerned about what having a roof would do to the playing surface.

"What we wanted was for a roof to close in 10 minutes and also to maintain the conditions for the players, spectators and playing surface. We believe we have now found that."

The redevelopment will be funded from the money the club receives from its debenture holders but officials declined to disclose the cost of the project.

Rain has completely washed out play on five days since 1991. During the 2003 championships, players were repeatedly forced to retreat to the locker rooms after showers halted play during the second week.

With fans frustrated at the delays and broadcasters left to delve into their archives to fill in precious television airtime, organisers of the 126-year-old tournament decided to follow the lead of the Australian Open.

The Melbourne Park event, which gets underway on January 19, is the only one of the four grand slam tournaments which uses a retractable roof.

The Club's committee hired a team of designers who were responsible for building the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and are currently in charge of rebuilding London's Wembley Stadium.

(from eurosport)

Kiara
01-06-2004, 01:18 PM
GOOD!!It's about freaking time....

Experimentee
01-06-2004, 01:42 PM
Thats great, about time too! :bounce:
Now we can always watch centre court matches on tv, no matter what the weather is!

MisterQ
01-06-2004, 01:57 PM
Good!

lizabeth..*
01-06-2004, 02:09 PM
Hell really has frozen over.

MisterQ
01-06-2004, 02:24 PM
Hell really has frozen over.

:lol:

TheBoiledEgg
01-06-2004, 02:26 PM
Henman will be retired then so :yeah:

WyverN
01-06-2004, 02:30 PM
Another 6 years before it is expected to be ready :awww:

maratski
01-06-2004, 02:39 PM
:eek:

I actually liked seeing Tim's matches over and over and over again ;)

TheBoiledEgg
01-06-2004, 02:47 PM
it wont affect me too much as i'm down there for most of the two weeks.

Action Jackson
01-07-2004, 02:58 AM
I just the hope the construction of the roof is better than British rail services, actually the cost of the roof would be cheaper.

RebelNYC
01-07-2004, 09:07 PM
I think the US OPEN should copy them....
This is a good idea, so naturally it takes this long for them to figure
it out...

JeLuliA88
01-08-2004, 01:06 AM
finally!!! they should have done it years ago...

tangerine_dream
01-08-2004, 01:23 AM
I think the US OPEN should copy them....
This is a good idea, so naturally it takes this long for them to figure
it out...

Yeah, the US Open needs to put a lid on it, too. ;)

But seriously, I always thought it was odd that tennis at Wimbeldon was played outside without a tarp or cover of some sort, when you consider that England's weather is notoriously overcast and rainy.

What happened at the US Open this past year was freak weather. We rarely have monsoon rains like that on the east coast so late in summer.

heya
01-08-2004, 01:55 AM
The outcome@U.S. Open was very nice, though. :)

Jazzy
01-08-2004, 10:14 AM
yeh, the usopen should copy & get a roof on the courts
finally the wimbledon courts are getting roofs to prevent rian delays!!! man iy didn't they do that ages ago!! but then wen grass is played in doors, the the way the court feels wen u play is different then wen it has no roof!!

MrExcel
09-29-2011, 09:37 PM
http://www.tennis.com/ticker/index.aspx

All England Club Chairman Philip Brook tells the members of the Lawn Tennis Writers' Association that a roof for the No. 1 Court will be one of the major considerations in their next development project, "Wimbledon 2020."

"A roof for No. 1 Court has to be part of our thinking," he said. "It would be remiss not to consider that. When the new No. 1 Court was built [in 1996] it was built roof-ready, physically able to take a structure. It would give a second court for broadcasting live tennis, a second group of happy customers, and more certainty about completing the tournament if you get bad weather in the second week."

Sham Kay
09-29-2011, 10:29 PM
2020? Trolls would have destroyed this site by then.

Good to see development thoughts still going on.

PiggyGotRoasted
09-29-2011, 10:56 PM
I think court 2 should get a roof as well, and maybe court 18 (Just put a tent over it, or make an extendable balcony over the court)

Pirata.
09-30-2011, 12:04 AM
2020? :facepalm:

pesto
09-30-2011, 09:37 AM
That doesn't necessarily mean that the new roof won't be until 2020, just that they are making plans for multiple improvements that will take place over that period.

The Centre Court roof was part of a 15-year plan that culminated in the opening of the new Court 3 this year, but the roof was in place by 2009.

Foxy
09-30-2011, 10:46 AM
2020? Do they now we are not even close to year 2012? What a shame. By that time they should have roofs at least on 4 courts total.

EddieNero
09-30-2011, 10:51 AM
Tennis will die till 2020 and there will be no use of putting a roof over courts because no one's going to play this sport after Federer,Nadal and Djokovic retirements.

BodyServe
09-30-2011, 11:02 AM
Tennis will die till 2020 and there will be no use of putting a roof over courts because no one's going to play this sport after Federer,Nadal and Djokovic retirements.

No there will be new player even better, because everything "new" is better, no?