USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the home of the US Open is being transformed into approximately 100,000 square feet of supplemental hospital space as New York City fights the coronavirus pandemic. The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has 12 indoor tennis courts.
The second-largest stadium on the grounds, Louis Armstrong Stadium will be used to prepare and distribute meals for 25,000 people every day.
New York has been one of the hotspots of the pandemic in the United States.
“It’s an incredibly small part, but it’s the least we can do,” said USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Chief Operating Officer Danny Zausner.
“Elmhurst Hospital in Queens is a stone’s throw away from the tennis center. For us to be in the local community where our hands are tied, but to support the local community and help take some pressure off of Elmhurst Hospital is a huge thing for us to help out in any way we can.”
The Aqueduct racecourse, located in Queens like the NTC, has also been converted into a temporary hospital to respond to the coronavirus epidemic.