Future Installation of a Retractable Roof Over Centre Court at Iga Stadium
Tennis Canada – Tennis Canada to meet with members of the media and provide an update on the project
Montréal, August 1, 2019 — The festivities surrounding Rogers Cup presented by National Bank are about to get underway, and Eugène Lapierre, senior vice-president of Tennis Canada and tournament director of Rogers Cup, held a press conference this morning to address some of the inaccurate information and affirmations that have been shared in recent weeks regarding the project to build a retractable roof over Centre Court at IGA Stadium. At the press conference, Mr. Lapierre reiterated the project objectives.
“The addition of a retractable roof over Centre Court pursues one simple goal: to ensure the continuity of Rogers Cup in Montréal. The tournament drives tennis development across Canada since all the profits are directly reinvested in the sport,” he affirmed.
Last spring, Tennis Canada met with residents who live around IGA Stadium and some twenty neighborhood groups to present the project, which is still in its earliest stages. The meetings were held to communicate information, respond to questions, gather feedback and understand expectations and concerns.
“For us, the meetings were an opportunity to assure our neighbours that we have absolutely no intention of hosting or organizing large-scale cultural events in the covered stadium. However, a local group is claiming we do. This is why we wanted to set the record straight and explain the real objectives of the project. We are very conscious of the community and environment to which we contribute and we will never compromise Parc Jarry’s mission to provide tranquility, recreation and sports. We are part of this park and it is important to us all,” added Mr. Lapierre.
With its retractable roof project, Tennis Canada aims to secure long-term support for Rogers Cup in Montréal from the two professional tours: the ATP and WTA. Building a covered stadium is a confirmed trend among the world’s leading tournaments and there is growing pressure to follow suit in Montréal. Ensuring the sustainability of Rogers Cup will help maintain and increase the annual benefits of $16M that are reinvested in tennis development, as well as the $15M economic impact for the city of Montréal.
Tennis Canada is still seeking internal financing, as well as funding from the three levels of government. Should the project go ahead, Tennis Canada will continue the dialogue with communities and respect the wishes of citizens and municipal bodies regarding the number, type and format of other activities that may be held at IGA Stadium. In addition, Tennis Canada is committed to building a white roof so as not to contribute to the heat island effect. Finally, the organization will focus on developing a plan to green the grounds and increase the number of green spaces.
About Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is a Tennis Canada owned and operated world-class tournament celebrating its 139th anniversary of the men’s event from August 2-11, 2019 at IGA Stadium in Montreal and its 127th anniversary of the women’s event from August 3-11, 2019 at Aviva Centre in Toronto. As a WTA Premier 5 tournament, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, and US Open Series event, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank will showcase the world’s best players. Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is the third-oldest title in tennis, behind only Wimbledon and the US Open. For more information and tickets visit www.rogerscup.com.
About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 9 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 13 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter..
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