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The Arthur Ashe Stadium

 

The Arthur Ashe Stadium, named after African American tennis player Arthur Ashe, is part of the

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Ashe won the Inaugural US Open in 1968.
It is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. It is the US Open’s main

tennis stadium. The last of the four Grand Slam tournaments and the Arthur Ashe Kids day

annually take place in the stadium.


Arthur Ashe Stadium opened in 1997, and replaced the Louis Armstrong Stadium as the main venue

for tennis tournaments. Featuring 22,547 seats, 90 luxury suites, a two-level players’ lounge and five restaurants, it cost a staggering US$254 million to construct. It uses a DecoTurf cushioned acrylic surface, and is one of the largest outdoor sporting venues in the world.


The stadium hosted its first regular season professional basketball game in July 19, 2008 during which, the New York Liberty wad beaten by the WNBA Indiana Fever. The game was a fundraiser for breast cancer research.


The color scheme in the stadium was changed from green to light green outer courts and electric blue inner courts in 2005. The change was made to help television viewers track the ball since yellow tennis balls are more visible against blue. The scheme is now being used in all US Open Series events.