The new Roland Garros stadium
From the rebirth of Court Philippe Chatrier court, to the new Court Simonne Mathieu court, to the new competition area in the Fonds des Princes, learn all about the renovation of the Roland Garros stadium and its 4 major developments. A new home for a legendary tournament!
More functional, more comfortable and better equipped to welcome the public, the Roland Garros stadium has been renovated and expanded as part of a massive project that ran from 2015 to 2020. To compete with other Grand Slam stadiums, such as the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, the stadium also needed to be more innovative and at the cutting edge of technology.
During this year’s tournament, which will take place from 24 May to 13 June 2021, Roland Garros reveals its new facilities.
Court Philippe Chatrier and its retractable roof
This is the most spectacular update, and the veritable symbol of the new Roland Garros! The installation of a retractable roof on the central Court Philippe Chatrier central court will allow play to continue until nightfall, and in case of bad weather it will be operational in record time. The shape and structure resemble an aeroplane wing, in honour of aviator Roland Garros’ biplane. Made of steel and translucent waterproof fabric, the roof can be deployed in about fifteen minutes, thus allowing the centre court to keep its status as an open-air stadium, bathed in light and sunshine. Rain will no longer be a reason to interrupt a match!
The stands, always ready to seat 15,000 spectators, have also been refurbished to provide greater comfort and better visibility for fans… All that’s missing are the stars of world tennis on Court Central!
A larger Place des Mousquetaires
On the east side of Court Central, Court 1 was removed to make room for a larger Place des Mousquetaires, which has been transformed into a vast green and lively esplanade that is open all year round. During the tournament, you can watch the matches live on a giant screen throughout the fortnight. The rest of the year, outside the tournament, the square is open to the public like any other Parisian square, offering the neighbourhood a new park of almost one hectare to enjoy.
Court Simonne Mathieu and the greenhouses
To replace Court 1, a new court was built in the south-eastern part of the Serres d’Auteuil botanical garden. This third court, called Court Simonne Mathieu, is named after the former French tennis player, winner of the 1938 and 1939 French internationals, who also created and directed the French Volunteer Corps during World War II.
It was built partly below ground level and has a capacity of 5,000 seats, with a splendid view of the Auteuil garden and the modern greenhouses.
These new greenhouses, inspired by the architecture of the adjacent historic Formigé greenhouses, can be visited all year round. They are home to a collection of more than 1,000 plants and 500 rare species that take you on a journey to the heart of the tropical zones of South America, Africa, South-East Asia and Australia. This could be seen as a nod to Jules Verne, who lived in Auteuil.
The Fonds des Princes
On the western side of the Roland Garros stadium, the Fonds des Princes has been expanded and now includes no less than seven courts. Discover this new competition area that is accessible via a vast tree-lined avenue with a new entrance on Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil. With permanent stands and a capacity of 2,200 seats for Court 14, the Fonds des Princes is a key feature of the new Roland Garros.
The revamped stadium is sure to increase your excitement for the legendary Roland Garros tournament!
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