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New Grandstand Tennis Stadium Gears Up For Its 2016 US Open Debut

The USTA’s new innovative stadium is nearing completion

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is putting the finishing touches on the new Grandstand Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. As part of a 10-year, $550 million revamp, dubbed the "Sports Spectacle Vision Plan," of the entire 46-acre campus, the stadium has been relocated to the campus's southwest corner to "alleviate circulation issues and to establish a more even distribution of people and venues throughout the campus," according to a press release.

The stadium is designed by the firm Rossetti, which was also behind the iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium. The new tennis space will have increased capacity, with nearly 2,000 more seats throughout its 125,000 square feet of space. The structure has been outfitted with 486 panels that surround the stadium and upper walkways that allow for expansive views of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center campus.

While the entire campus revamp isn’t scheduled for completion until 2018, the Grandstand Stadium will be completed in time for this year’s 2016 US Open.

Check out some of the stadium's construction photos below: