“Seats please, the players are ready,” is a phrase often uttered by umpires at tennis matches.
It would not apply today at the Cincinnati Open, because there are no seats!
The first phase of the tournament’s replacement of each of the nearly 12,000 Center Court seats has been completed, with the removal of the old seats. Work began Jan. 22 to remove the existing seats in the stadium, a process that took less than two weeks. The next phase of the project will be to prepare the venue for the installation of the new seats later this spring.
The project will create a brand-new seating experience for all Cincinnati Open attendees, including:
• Top-of-the-line stadium seats in place of all bleachers
• Padded seat bottoms on all lower bowl seats
• Oversized, padded seats in all premium seat locations
• Armrests, cupholders and extra legroom for all seats
Replacing all Center Court seats is the first of many major projects to be undertaken in the coming years as part of a $260 million investment in the Lindner Family Tennis Center. The commitment to enhancing the tournament site and operations also came with the pledge to keep the Cincinnati Open at its current home for the next 25 years.
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