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Stadiums and sports equipment

Work progresses on the project to enlarge and upgrade the Roland-Garros stadium

18 June, 2019

The 2019 French Open tournament runs from May 26 to June 9 at Porte d'Auteuil. This year, was the players’ first experience of the brand new 15,000-seater Philippe-Chatrier centre court built by the teams of VINCI Construction France.

Roland-Garros - Philippe-Chatrier Court - © Christophe Guibbaud / FFT 2019

Delivered last April, this third phase of work also includes the refurbishment of the six new courts around Court 14 (formerly Court 18 in the 2018 tournament) in the Fonds des Princes section of the complex.

The 5,000-seater Simonne-Mathieu Court in the Auteuil greenhouse garden was delivered in 2018 and officially opened in March this year.

Begun in 2016, work on upgrading the stadium will be completed in 2021, and includes covering the Philippe-Chatrier Court with a retractable roof for delivery in 2020. This moving roof will be formed from eleven giant beams shaped like an aircraft wing in recognition of the role played by Roland-Garros as a pioneer of aviation. The metal frame of each wing will be covered with a waterproof technical fabric, and the finished roof will be able to operate in winds of up to 60 kph. Complete covering of the court will take around 15 minutes.

The enlarged and upgraded stadium will have a capacity of 45,000 spectators per day, and is designed to remain competitive by offering better conditions for players, spectators, the media and partners.

The lead contractors for the project are VINCI Construction France subsidiary companies Petit and Chantiers Modernes Construction.

The entire facility is targeting a BREEAM Tailored Criteria Development certification ‘Very Good’ rating.

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