The new Louis Armstrong Stadium will open its doors to fans this summer. The 14,000-seat stadium will be the first naturally ventilated tennis stadium with a retractable roof in the world.
Once opened, it will immediately become one of the largest tennis stadiums in the world. While it may look small compared to the neighboring 23,200-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium, it is almost as big as the main show courts at the other three Grand Slams. Wimbledon's Centre Court, Paris' Court Philippe Chatrier and Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena each hold between 14,820 and 14,979 fans.
The 14,000 seats is the same as the old No. 1 court at the West Side Tennis Club and almost 4,000 more than the former Louis Armstrong Stadium that was demolished after the 2016 US Open.
Here's a look at some facts and figures behind the new stadium:
3: Number of video display boards: two inside behind each baseline and one on the outside.
13.5: Miles of the terra cotta louvers used on the sides of the stadium to help keep rain out while allowing air to circulate throughout the stadium. Placed end to end, the 14,250 louvers would stretch longer than the length of Manhattan.
25: Maximum travel speed of the roof in feet per minute.
50: The maximum wind speed in miles per hour that the roof can still be opened and closed. The average speed of a severe thunderstorm reaches about 31 mph.
124: Height in feet to the top of the retractable roof from court level. In Arthur Ashe Stadium, the roof is 205 feet above the court surface.
2,380: Aisle steps inside the bowl of Louis Armstrong Stadium. That’s more than to the top of One World Trade Center.
14,000: Seating capacity of Louis Armstrong Stadium.
38,160: The roof opening in square feet. The area is more than 18 singles tennis courts.
94,500: Total area in square feet of the roof. The total size of the roof is the surface area of seven Olympic-sized swimming pools.
284,000: Weight in pounds of each of the two retractable panels. Each panel travels on a 27-inch wheel along a steel track.
286,000: The total footprint of the new stadium in square feet.