Roland Garros Given Green Light For Stadium Renovation

5 October 2016

Plans to extend the site in Paris had been put on hold after environmental groups had opposed the building of a new 5,000-seater court.

The botanical garden's 19th century greenhouses, situated a few hundred yards from the centre court, hosts a large variety of tropical and local flowers.

However, France's highest administrative jurisdiction, the Conseil d'Etat, gave its go-ahead to the project by overturning a court decision that had put the whole project on hold.

As part of the refurbishment work, the federation is planning to build a roof over Philippe Chatrier Court by 2020.

Roland Garros is the smallest of the four Grand Slam venues and the changes would increase the 21-acre venue to 34 acres.

The renovation is expected to cost around 350m euros and the ruling means work can now continue on the site until a further administrative court decision is made in the coming weeks.


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