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Wimbledon Granted Permission for Major Grounds Expansion

, Wimbledon Granted Permission for Major Grounds Expansion

Plans for Expansion Revealed

The All England Club, home of Wimbledon, has been granted permission by the Merton Council to undergo a major reconstruction of its grounds. The plans include building 39 new grass courts, including an 8,000-seater stadium with a retractable roof. The expansion will take place on land across Church Road, formerly occupied by Wimbledon Park Golf Club.

Bringing Qualifying to SW19

The expansion will significantly increase the land mass of the All England Club, allowing for the tournament's qualifying rounds to take place in SW19. This will bring Wimbledon in line with the other three Grand Slam tournaments, which all have the facilities to host qualification on their grounds. Currently, qualifying takes place at a separate location in Roehampton, three-and-a-half miles away.

Improved Facilities and Increased Spectator Capacity

The new grounds will offer improved facilities for players and a larger capacity for spectators. Currently, the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton can only accommodate around 2,000 spectators a day. With the expansion, up to 10,000 people will be able to watch qualifying matches, and up to 50,000 spectators can enter the grounds during each day of the main tournament fortnight.

New Show Court with Roof

One of the highlights of the expansion plans is the construction of a new show court. Standing 28 meters above ground level and surrounded by oak trees, the court will have climbing plants on its walls. With 8,000 seats and a retractable roof, it will provide another large show court at Wimbledon that can host matches regardless of the weather.

, Wimbledon Granted Permission for Major Grounds Expansion

Backlash from Local Residents

The expansion plans are facing significant opposition from local residents. Former Coronation Street actress Thelma Ruby, 98, is leading the opposition, claiming that her life would be "ruined" by the building work. She expressed her heartbreak at losing her view of the Wimbledon Club during her remaining years. The opposition has caused delays in the development, which is now expected to be completed in the 2030s.

Environmental Concerns

Another concern raised by opponents of the expansion is the felling of 300 trees to make way for the new construction. Critics argue that this amounts to "corporate ecocide." However, the All England Club has not commented on these concerns.

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