The new Grandstand debuts on Monday, Aug. 29, with American Taylor Townsend taking on two-time US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki.
Nestled in the southwest corner of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the new Grandstand is a state-of-the-art 8,125-seat stadium.
Construction started on the US Open’s third show court last spring, and fans who attended the 2015 tournament will have seen the foundations of the bowl in place. Fast forward 12 months and that construction site has been transformed into an architectural marvel.
“It’s just beautiful. It’s a work of art and you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who will not be awe of the structure,” said Danny Zausner, the chief operating officer of the National Tennis Center. “Whether you’re inside it, on the concourses or looking at it from Arthur Ashe Stadium, I think people will be completely blown away by the look and feel of the structure and how intimate it still is.”
The stadium is sunken 10 feet below the ground to create a more intimate setting, and its asymmetrical design ensures the majority of seats – 2,000 more than in the old Grandstand and almost three times as many as Court 17 – are located to keep fans out of the direct sun. Combine that with a shade canopy that encircles two-thirds of the stadium and you get a great place to soak up hours of world-class tennis.