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The ongoing issue over whether Arthur Ashe Stadium will ever have a roof appears to be moving in a positive direction once again.

Officials with the USTA revealed that they are in the process of looking at several proposed designs to add a roof over the main arena for the US Open by 2016, as first reported by Sports Business Journal.
 
This is in contrast to last year's announcement by the USTA of $500 million dollars in improvements and upgrades to the Billie Jean National Tennis Center that did not, at the time, list any possible plans for a roof.

Inclement weather during the course of the two-week Grand Slam has resulted in five consecutive Monday men's finals starting in 2008.

The 22,500 seat structure is built over an existing landfill that experts in the past have said could not handle the additional weight that a new roof would add onto the arena.

Proposals under review include one of adding a roof composed of polytetraflouroethylene, or PTFE, that is similar to the new roof being planned for the Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis.

No details were given in terms of cost or time frame for the project that would first have to be approved by both local and state officials.

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