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Mike_T
Oct 5th, 2006, 04:44 PM
The moment the 2006 tournament finished in July, engineers and workmen moved in to rip out the court's old roof and one of the stands, and begin work on installing a new retractable translucent roof to create an all weather playing environment, and which will be completed in time for the tournament in 2009. The court's capacity will also be increased from 13,800 to 15,000 with bigger seats:

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^ Cranes are seen beside Centre Court of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, as construction work is carried out to prepare for the installation of a retrctable roof, Thursday Oct. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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^ A worker carries out construction work in preparation to install a retractable roof on the Centre Court of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, Thursday Oct. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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^ Construction work is carried out on the Centre Court of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon , in preparation for the installation of a retactable roof, Thursday Oct. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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^ A model on show at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in this Tuesday Jan. 6, 2004 file photo, shows the proposed retractable roof of the famous Centre Court. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin, file)

Craigy
Oct 5th, 2006, 04:45 PM
looks really different :p

.Andrew.
Oct 5th, 2006, 04:47 PM
looks really different :p
Yeah, it looks different to me too.. :lol: :p

GoDominique
Oct 5th, 2006, 04:47 PM
Wow. :eek:

So what will the Centre Court look like during next year's tournament? :unsure:

Craigy
Oct 5th, 2006, 04:50 PM
Wow. :eek:

So what will the Centre Court look like during next year's tournament? :unsure:
Yeah I was thinking the same :scratch:

SlipknotSian
Oct 5th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Hopefully they arnt using the same company that are doing wembley stadium lmao!

A'DAM
Oct 5th, 2006, 07:32 PM
Cmon guys you are so reach pay some more and get ready with it till start of the next year's tourney!!! :o

40-0
Oct 5th, 2006, 07:33 PM
i dont know but the wimbledon arena deserves it

Craigy
Oct 5th, 2006, 07:35 PM
Hopefully they arnt using the same company that are doing wembley stadium lmao!
:scared:

Haute
Oct 5th, 2006, 08:16 PM
The first picture is kind of strange...someone decapitated Wimbledon! llol

Dinkie
Oct 5th, 2006, 08:27 PM
2009??? The Amsterdam Arena was build in 11 months, why do they need 3 years for renovation???

jenny161185
Oct 5th, 2006, 08:53 PM
Next couple of yrs are going to be messy at Wimby! :)

Mike_T
Oct 5th, 2006, 09:10 PM
2009??? The Amsterdam Arena was build in 11 months, why do they need 3 years for renovation???
Timescale explained here: http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/about/guide/longtermplan.html

There’s a lot more being built than just the retractable roof, but 3 years is too long, and I bet they’ve not accounted for the inevitable dozy builder, driving his bulldozer straight across the hallowed turf.

When you think of how fast they construct in China, the Shanghai race circuit being one example, built on ‘uninhabitable’ swampland, using 40,000 steel underpins, in just 2 years.

Mike_T
Oct 5th, 2006, 09:39 PM
And I hope they’ve done their sums regarding humidity. The last thing they want is players refusing to play with the roof shut, because humidity is making the grass slippy.

!<blocparty>!
Oct 5th, 2006, 09:54 PM
WOW! It looks weird... they wrecked Centre Court. :crying2:

How the hell is it gonna look for 07 and 08? :unsure:

Pureracket
Oct 5th, 2006, 09:58 PM
Even though it looks kinda weird, I'm sure Serena won't mind winning under those conditions next year.

LindsayRulz
Oct 5th, 2006, 10:02 PM
Next couple of yrs are going to be messy at Wimby! :)

that's exactly what I thought.

Lapin
Oct 5th, 2006, 10:36 PM
They had some info. at Wimbledon this year and I think it said there'll be no roof at all next year, ie. the old roof that covered the outer half of the seating area will be gone so the whole court will be completely open. (Let's hope we have some good weather for Wimby next year! :p )

I think the idea of a roof is a good one but I hope that Centre Court will still keep it's 'special' atmosphere. (Those who've been there will know what I mean).

GoDominique
Oct 5th, 2006, 10:39 PM
They had some info. at Wimbledon this year and I think it said there'll be no roof at all next year, ie. the old roof that covered the outer half of the seating area will be gone so the whole court will be completely open. (Let's hope we have some good weather for Wimby next year! :p )

I think the idea of a roof is a good one but I hope that Centre Court will still keep it's 'special' atmosphere. (Those who've been there will know what I mean).
That will be kinda cool. :lol:

Andy.
Oct 5th, 2006, 10:39 PM
cant they have it done in one year, three years is hopeless.

lindsayno1
Oct 6th, 2006, 09:08 AM
ugh it looks horrible!! not like the classy center court!!

DutchieGirl
Oct 6th, 2006, 09:11 AM
Well it's about time they got a roof, but :eek: 3 years :help:

die_wahrheit
Oct 6th, 2006, 09:41 AM
They need 5 years for Wembley so stop complaining. It's a great effort to build this thing in three years. At least for England.