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USTA tennis center's retractable roof

The U.S. Tennis Association unveiled its retractable roof over the main court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens on Aug. 2. It cost $150 million and took more than two years to install. Moving at a speed up to 25 feet per minute, the roof over the 23,771-capacity stadium is built to close or open in under seven minutes. The 62,500 square-foot opening in the roof could fit 22 tennis courts.

The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium in
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The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium in the closed position at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 2, 2016.

A beam of sunlight is cast on the
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A beam of sunlight is cast on the court as the retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium opens at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 2, 2016.

A beam of sunlight is cast on the
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A beam of sunlight is cast on the court as the retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium opens at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 2, 2016 in New York.

The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium opens
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The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium opens at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 2, 2016,

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and USTA President Katrina Adams close
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Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and USTA President Katrina Adams close the roof during an event at Arthur Ashe Stadium on August 2, 2016.

Spectators watch as the retractable roof is closed
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Spectators watch as the retractable roof is closed over Arthur Ashe Statium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 2, 2016.

The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium opens
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The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium opens at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 2, 2016.

The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium in
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The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium in the open position at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 2, 2016 in New york. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium opens
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The retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium opens at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 2, 2016.

Tennis great Billie Jean King (L) and USTA
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Tennis great Billie Jean King (L) and USTA Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Gordon Smith, wait for the retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium to open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center August 2, 2016.

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