A local planning commission has approved the All England Club’s plan to build an 8,000-seat stadium and 38 additional courts at Wimbledon, allowing the Grand Slam to play its qualifying event on-site.
The expansion would take place on the former site of Wimbledon Park Golf Club. The All England Club bought it in 2018. The Merton Council’s planning committee approved the proposal on Thursday night, the council said Friday. Unlike the other three majors, Wimbledon qualifying is presently held offsite in neighbouring Roehampton.
The qualifying competition would be open to up to 10,000 fans every day, according to the idea. Club officials anticipate that the courts will be completed by 2030 at the latest. Wimbledon will have a new exhibition court thanks to the proposed retractable roof. Also read: Leandro Riedi Net Worth 2023, Annual Income, Prize Money, Endorsements, Cars, Houses, Charities
The addition of a new stadium and the substantial increase in the number of courts will undoubtedly enhance the capacity and infrastructure of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the venue where Wimbledon is hosted. The new facilities are expected to provide a more comfortable and efficient experience for both players and spectators.
The initiative is still subject to local resistance and other clearances. Wandsworth Council’s planning committee is now studying it.
Wimbledon’s commitment to expanding and improving its facilities not only showcases its dedication to maintaining its status as one of the premier tournaments in the tennis world but also its vision for the future. This expansion is likely to further solidify Wimbledon’s position as a top-tier Grand Slam event and provide fans with even more opportunities to witness world-class tennis in a world-class setting. Also read: Breaking: Caroline Garcia Upsets Madison Keys at Zhuhai