posted on Jan, 6 2004 @ 01:09 PM
Wimbledon today confirmed plans for a retractable roof over Centre Court which will keep television companies, if not the traditionalists, happy.
Construction on the multi-million pound structure will start in 2006 and is scheduled to be completed in 2008, although All England Club officials
admit it could take until 2009.
The roof will be in two sections, is translucent to let in natural light but also contains additional lighting, and will close in 10 minutes.
It will be of little use in terms of the tournament schedule if there is heavy rain during the first week of the championships, when hundreds of
matches are scheduled on the 19 courts at SW19.
But it will guarantee television can show at least three or four top matches per day from Centre Court and, in the event of rain in the latter stages
of the fortnight, will ensure the championships finish on schedule on Sunday - unlike in 2001 when the men's final between Goran Ivanisevic and Pat
Rafter was played on Monday.