The USTA says that even though it has established a potential timeline that calls for building a roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium by August 2016, it is far from a done deal.
The USTA included the language in a request for qualification for owner representative services, according to the Sports Business Journal. The USTA is seeking an owner representative for its future construction, primarily for its $500-million expansion plan, which at this point does not include a roof.
However, the organization would like to put a roof over Ashe, but only if the stadium can support the weight of a roof and if it is affordable. The USTA is already committed to tearing down the aging Louis Armstrong Stadium and the Grandstand and replacing them with new stadia, and also has other projects planned, so extra money would have to be found or other projects would have to be put on hold if a roof addition becomes feasible. Sources say that, at this point, the chance of a roof being constructed on Ashe by 2016 is far-fetched.