The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will house a temporary hospital site in an effort by New York City’s emergency management office to increase hospital space in the continued battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indoor Training Facility’s 12 courts will be converted into 100,000 square feet of hospital space, with construction set to begin as early as Tuesday. Additionally, Louis Armstrong Stadium will become a commissary for the preparation of 25,000 meal packages a day.
“It’s an incredibly small part, but it’s the least we can do,” said the National Tennis Center’s 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.”