A new 10,000 seat show court is going to be built at the Caja Mágica tennis centre in Madrid, Spain.
The court will be built at the home of Mutua Madrid Open, an ATP and WTA Master 1000 tournament, in time for the 2025 tournament and at a cost of €18 million.
The Caja Mágica currently has three stadium courts with capacity for 12,500, 2,900 and 1,900 seats, respectively.
The three courts have retractable roofs that ensure the tournament can carry on by allowing three simultaneous matches to go ahead even in adverse weather conditions.
However, the large difference in capacity between the courts has led to problems in simultaneously scheduling important matches in the same tournament, as requested by the ATP and WTA bodies.
The new court, which will be built near ??the lake, will meet the latest requirements in terms of sustainable development, taking into account the study of the project's energy efficiency and the use of recyclable materials.
Once built, the new court will be the second in order of importance of the four that the Caja Mágica houses.
This growth will also benefit the quality of the Madrid Open, positioning it as the first or second best international tournament within the Master 1000 category.
A tournament that, moreover, is guaranteed to continue until 2030 in Madrid by virtue of an agreement signed in September of 2021 between the City Council of the capital, Madrid Destino and MTP.
Image ©Álvaro López-Madrid Destino
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