The blue print for Wimbledon's future features much more than green grass.
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club announce its Master Plan for major enhancements to Wimbledon that include a new fixed retractable roof over Court No. 1 by 2019 in the first phase of the plan.
In addition to a retractable roof, the Club also plans to add two additional tiers of about 900 seats to Court No. 1, which would join Centre Court as Wimbledon's second stadium with a retractable roof, ensuring daily uninterrupted play for about 27,000 spectators on the two Show Courts regardless of the weather.
The Master Plan also proposes:
Repositioned Court 12 with permanent stands and views to Centre Court
A new southern garden with a potential for an entrance gate
A new indoor courts building
New clay-courts south of Somerset Road
An expanded Aorangi Terrace with views over the courts and Wimbledon Park
A proposed new public plaza outside the newly refurbished Court No. 1 with retractable roof
A new entrance plaza from the north of the site, including new planting along Church Road to strengthen a tree-lined boulevard
The Club released new Master Plan images of how Court No. 1 and Centre Court will look under the proposal.
What do you think of a new retractable roof over Court No. 1 and a new look Wimbledon?