Ken Rosewall Arena unveils new canopy roof

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A new innovative roof has been completed and revealed for the Rod Laver Arena tennis venue in Sydney, Australia, where the ATP Cup is taking place.

As part of the extensive A$50.5m (US$35m) redevelopment project of the Ken Rosewall Arena, which transformed the venue with 10,000 new seats into a multipurpose outdoor covered arena with upgraded audio and visual technology, it also installed a PTFE canopy roof.

Using a cable-tension and PTFE fabric design, it is a first for stadia in Australia, designed by Cox Architecture in conjunction with Arup. Project construction was delivered by AW Edwards with sporting shade specialist Fabritecture.

The venue, which was originally built for the Syndey 2000 Olympic Games, will now be able to host multiple sports in addition to tennis, including netball.

“We’re thrilled to be able to launch the ATP Cup and a new era in tennis at the sophisticated, new-look Ken Rosewall Arena, there is no better location to start the global summer of tennis,” said Tom Larner, ATP Cup Tournament director.

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