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47eggs
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:57 AM
Wimbledon to build roof


Wimbledon's plans in pictures
The All England Club has confirmed it intends to build a retractable roof over Centre Court.
The plan is part of a multi-million pound redevelopment which will also see the capacity of Wimbledon's main show court increased to 15,000.

Ofificials hope to get planning permission in time to have the roof in place for the 2009 Championships.

AEC Chairman Tim Phillips said: "Centre Court is the jewel in our crown and we want to make it even more precious."


He added: "Our continuing aim is for Wimbledon to be acknowledged as the world's premier tennis event.

"Our innovative plans seek to retain the history and tradition of Centre Court, but with outstanding new facilities for the players, spectators and television audiences of the 21st Century."

Rain has completely washed out play on five days since 1991.

And the sight of players retreating to the locker rooms while the famous green covers are hauled into place is one of the enduring images of the tournament.

But the idea of a roof had always been rejected because of the particular problems posed at Wimbledon by the possibility of humidity affecting the grass surface.

Only after getting assurances it would not threaten the condition of the court, did organisers of the 126-year-old tournament decided to follow the lead of the Australian Open.

The Melbourne Park event, which gets underway on 19 January, is the only Grand Slam which already uses a retractable roof.

Wimbledon officials also inspected the facilities at another grasscourt venue, Halle in Germany, where the PVC fabric covering takes just 90 seconds to deploy.

The new Centre Court roof will open in less than 10 minutes and will be see-through to allow natural light to reach the grass.

British number one Tim Henman has already given his cautious backing after initially opposing the idea.

Subject to planning permission, the provisional time scale is for the work to start in 2006, once the museum and offices have relocated to the new building at Gate Three in late 2005/early 2006.

Completion of the Centre Court is scheduled for 2009.

The plans will be on general display at Merton Council's offices in South West London until 27 February 2004

See the pictures and plans for the new roof (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/photo_galleries/3373655.stm)

What do you think?

Is this a good idea?

TF Chipmunk
Dec 4th, 2005, 09:00 AM
That looks beautiful! :worship::worship::worship:

P.L.B.
Dec 4th, 2005, 09:58 AM
This was announced years ago :confused:

47eggs
Dec 4th, 2005, 10:01 AM
This was announced years ago :confused:

I know that, but i just wanted to know what people think. You don't have to spend your life searching tennis news to find something that hasn't been posted before. Anyway, there are pictures that haven't been seen often.

So there :p

SloKid
Dec 4th, 2005, 10:15 AM
Centre Court is the best-known tennis venue in the world and many traditionalists don't like the idea of it being roofed
Me either, what was/is so cool about Wimby is its traditionalism...

matthias
Dec 4th, 2005, 10:23 AM
could be a bit more spectaculare - but it looks okay

@m@nd@
Dec 4th, 2005, 11:04 AM
it's not a bad idea, play wont be suspended cuz of rain :D

creep
Dec 4th, 2005, 12:27 PM
I dont see the point.

47eggs
Dec 4th, 2005, 03:50 PM
Do you think that it will ruin the traditional play suspension of the rain?
I'm not sure, but then i did go to Wimbledon on the middle saturday in 2004 and it rained all day and just when we thught there was going to be some play, it rained again. No play at all. I'd rather see tennis than not, just because of the rain is a tradition to wimbly.

!<blocparty>!
Dec 4th, 2005, 03:57 PM
I dont see the point.

I do.

I havent seen the picture before, it looks very impressive. I hope they'll allocate those extra seats to campers. :lol:

Doubt it though.

!<blocparty>!
Dec 4th, 2005, 03:59 PM
Do you think that it will ruin the traditional play suspension of the rain?
I'm not sure, but then i did go to Wimbledon on the middle saturday in 2004 and it rained all day and just when we thught there was going to be some play, it rained again. No play at all. I'd rather see tennis than not, just because of the rain is a tradition to wimbly.

For those who enjoy rain washing out/stopping play :confused:... it will still happen on the other 18 courts.

Szymanowski
Dec 4th, 2005, 04:08 PM
I would prefer it never to rain and centre court to stay exactly the same in an ideal world.

In our rainy world though, I guess this is a good step forward ;)

Spunky83
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:17 PM
London will host the Olympics in 2012 and itīs time for them to get a roof although it definetly would lose some of its charme;)

30 minutes delay closing the roof? Just for closing the roof? The Gerry Weber stadium, venue of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany (grass) with a capacity of 13000 seats only takes 90 seconds to close it...and it looks really cool. However, itīs probably cause when they build the Wimby stadium they never thought about putting up a roof decades later. Will be interesting!

No Name Face
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:28 PM
considering it always rains in england, this is a very smart decision

47eggs
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:37 PM
London will host the Olympics in 2012 and itīs time for them to get a roof although it definetly would lose some of its charme;)

30 minutes delay closing the roof? Just for closing the roof? The Gerry Weber stadium, venue of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany (grass) with a capacity of 13000 seats only takes 90 seconds to close it...and it looks really cool. However, itīs probably cause when they build the Wimby stadium they never thought about putting up a roof decades later. Will be interesting!

It only takes 10 actaully! But it usually takes longer without a roof and once it's on, they can play through the rain so there! :p

Spunky83
Dec 4th, 2005, 06:51 PM
It only takes 10 actaully! But it usually takes longer without a roof and once it's on, they can play through the rain so there! :p

Ah ok...why did the BBC write 30 minutes then?

However, it would be a pity if they just let the roof closed whenever it looks a bit dark outside. On the other side every tourney has a good connection to the local airport so shouldnīt be too hard to figure out when to have to close it.

the jamierbelyea
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:20 PM
Ah ok...why did the BBC write 30 minutes then?

However, it would be a pity if they just let the roof closed whenever it looks a bit dark outside. On the other side every tourney has a good connection to the local airport so shouldnīt be too hard to figure out when to have to close it.

I think what the BBC meant was it took actually 10 minutes for the roof to physically close, but it'll take time to get the players off the court while it closes, and while it is closing rain is bound to fall on the surface. It'll take time for them to get the court dry again, cos rain will continue to fall as it closes.

creep
Dec 4th, 2005, 08:54 PM
I do.

I havent seen the picture before, it looks very impressive. I hope they'll allocate those extra seats to campers. :lol:

Doubt it though.

By the time you have queued up overnight (it has rained the whole night and morning) ;) and eventually get into Center court (after being stripped searched) you’ll not care if the roofs retractable or not.

Berlin_Calling
Dec 4th, 2005, 09:11 PM
2009 :o

TomTennis
Dec 4th, 2005, 10:31 PM
mmm. undecided.

i love wimby and all the traditions. Will be interesting though.

Kunal
Dec 5th, 2005, 05:16 AM
i know there will be ppl who want the tradition to stay the way it is.

But it really is frustrating when garbage weather has a say in the long delays.

I'm all for the roof. It'll look pretty neat i think

Martian Stacey
Dec 5th, 2005, 05:23 AM
I think this is a really good move. I do love the traditions of Wimbledon, but i think the roof is a positive change :)

gsm
Dec 5th, 2005, 08:03 AM
bring it on, love it, who likes rain delays?

but yeah 2009, 5+ years to put a roof up, surely they can move faster than that.

Equipped
Dec 5th, 2005, 08:08 AM
For those who enjoy rain washing out/stopping play :confused:... it will still happen on the other 18 courts.

I must agree. A retractable roof on Centre Court only affects a very small number of matches. Sure, if it's raining on the final weekend, then, of course, yes, install a roof. But, hey, come on, what about the other umpteen courts? Is this really doing any good?

Spunky83
Dec 5th, 2005, 10:30 AM
Retrectable roof over the Henman (Murray)-hill;)

Yonexforever
Dec 5th, 2005, 04:27 PM
Hmmmm I hope it doesnt cast those weird shadows like it does in Germany!
They need to sort that out as well!

!<blocparty>!
Dec 5th, 2005, 04:33 PM
I must agree. A retractable roof on Centre Court only affects a very small number of matches. Sure, if it's raining on the final weekend, then, of course, yes, install a roof. But, hey, come on, what about the other umpteen courts? Is this really doing any good?

That wasnt my point. :p

Some people were worried about not having the 'traditional' rain delays... and I said that they would still occur on all other courts.

It will do a lot of good, especially for the major TV networks... who will always be able to show at least one match of live tennis.

Spunky83
Dec 5th, 2005, 04:41 PM
Hmmmm I hope it doesnt cast those weird shadows like it does in Germany!
They need to sort that out as well!

I think it just looks that way on that one pic. No parts of the roof can be seen if the stadiumīs open.

47eggs
Dec 5th, 2005, 04:44 PM
I must agree. A retractable roof on Centre Court only affects a very small number of matches. Sure, if it's raining on the final weekend, then, of course, yes, install a roof. But, hey, come on, what about the other umpteen courts? Is this really doing any good?

Any matches played when it is raining is are good.
Think about it:
-It will help keep the tournament slightly more to schedule if the rain has delayed matches.
-It will cost them less money to fund people's claims for money back if they have seen no play, like when i had to claim for seeing no play.
-Once it is on, there will be no stopping and starting of matches.

There are loads of reasons why it will be useful! :)

meyerpl
Dec 5th, 2005, 05:01 PM
I think this will be one of those infringements on tradition that make some wary but after the fact will leave none in doubt. It's going to be a big improvement, especially for the networks covering the tournament and fans watching at home. For those lucky enough to attend the tournament, it won't have much of an impact for reasons already stated.