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Wimbledon Centre Court Re-Development

MrExcel
11-12-2006, 10:43 PM
Straight after the 2006 Championships the re-development of Wimbledon's Centre Court began. The Centre Court of the future will offer a larger 15,000 capacity, more comfortable seats and a retractable roof over the court.

Wimbledon's website has detailed descriptions of all the work that has been done so far and what is intended over the coming months and years.

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/about/guide/longtermplan.html

They also have some excellent time-lapse videos from both inside and outside of the court right from during the last week of play in 2006 through all of the construction work being done up until September. Hopefully they will post more videos when they have them unless the work has finished until next year.

It's amazing to see the clean up process and then the entire East Stand being demolished... If you've got a spare moment check them out. :)

Boris Franz Ecker
11-13-2006, 09:54 AM
Unbelievable that in England it takes three years to built such a roof.
No surprise they can't finish the Wembley stadium.

scarecrows
11-13-2006, 10:05 AM
will there be the challenge rule at Wimby?

Sofonda Cox
11-13-2006, 10:18 AM
Unbelievable that in England it takes three years to built such a roof.
No surprise they can't finish the Wembley stadium.

except they got australian contractors in :haha:

JustJames
11-13-2006, 10:21 AM
except they got australian contractors in :haha:

Though funny...it is highly frustrating that we proclaim that British companies just can't compete with the prices of foriegn contractors yet how many millions have these Aussie's gone over by? :rolleyes:

Sofonda Cox
11-13-2006, 10:24 AM
Though funny...it is highly frustrating that we proclaim that British companies just can't compete with the prices of foriegn contractors yet how many millions have these Aussie's gone over by? :rolleyes:

yeah, i know it's pathetic

adee-gee
11-13-2006, 10:31 AM
will there be the challenge rule at Wimby?
I doubt it, us Brits are a bit too snobbing and traditional to bring it in :p

JustJames
11-13-2006, 10:33 AM
I doubt it, us Brits are a bit too snobbing and traditional to bring it in :p

Too right...computers on a tennis court, what utter nonsense ;)

MrExcel
11-13-2006, 12:14 PM
will there be the challenge rule at Wimby?

They were apparently testing it this year, ready for use next year...

The only issue would be the large screens for the replay, but maybe they will use small ones next to the umpires chair or something. Can't imagine they will though as that wouldn't be very fan-friendly.

Its a tough balance between maintaining tradition and incorporating the new technology.

Mind you, they've just demolished the whole left side of the court so who knows!!

GlennMirnyi
11-13-2006, 04:02 PM
Why getting it larger if no brit's going to win 'till the next generation?

JustJames
11-13-2006, 04:07 PM
Why getting it larger if no brit's going to win 'till the next generation?

Putting a roof on the court and adding seats has nothing to do with the success of British tennis players, but the success of Wimbledon itself as a tournament. :rolleyes:

Sofonda Cox
11-13-2006, 04:12 PM
Why getting it larger if no brit's going to win 'till the next generation?

:retard:

GlennMirnyi
11-13-2006, 04:26 PM
Britain should develop its tennis players first. ;)
Henman would like the roof before... :p

Jimnik
11-13-2006, 05:02 PM
Great stuff and it should finish in time. Unlike Wembley, this isn't being handled by the government.

2007 no roof in place. :o The court will look a bit strange and the fans will enjoy running to get out of the rain.

TheBoiledEgg
11-13-2006, 08:09 PM
Why getting it larger if no brit's going to win 'till the next generation?

Wimbledon could have no top 100 players playing still there would be sell outs :o
most of the people who go there dont go for the tennis :lol:

Jim Courier
11-13-2006, 08:20 PM
They were apparently testing it this year, ready for use next year...

Its a tough balance between maintaining tradition and incorporating the new technology.
Not Wimbledon..
Tough balance my ass, if this wasn't about putting on a dog and pony show they would use the system on every call. If it is that accurate, why can't they buy a receptor screen for the chair? Maybe that would help him make accurate decisions?
Even worse, commentators the world over can't shut up about it and will preach its virtues every match..

MrExcel
11-13-2006, 08:41 PM
Not Wimbledon..
Tough balance my ass, if this wasn't about putting on a dog and pony show they would use the system on every call. If it is that accurate, why can't they buy a receptor screen for the chair? Maybe that would help him make accurate decisions?
Even worse, commentators the world over can't shut up about it and will preach its virtues every match..

Well I'm not debating whether Hawkeye is a good idea or accurate enough. All I'm saying is if they are going to use it then its not just about correcting calls, its to make the whole experience more exciting for the fans by getting them involved, and that can't happen with a small screen for the chair.