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‘US Open’ Tennis courts to be converted to temporary COVID19 hospitals

The courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the home of the US Open, will be converted to temporary hospitals and will have 350 beds.

New York City’s Emergency Management office is coordinating the transformation of 12 courts at the NTC’s Indoor Training Center into almost 100,000 square feet of supplemental hospital space.

Whereas, the second largest court Louis Armstrong Stadium will be converted will be utilized to prepare and distribute up to 25,000 packages of meals every day for the patients.

“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 construction is expected to be finished in weeks.

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