West Side Tennis Club too old, out-of-date to host USTA
Sep 07, 2010 | 10316 views | 0 0 comments | 198 198 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Once again, misinformation abounds regarding the issue of the West Side Tennis Club stadium. At the meeting on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills, several members of the WSTC requested Mayor Bloomberg to solicit the support of the USTA on their behalf to help preserve the stadium.

While he agreed to follow up with the USTA, the Mayor stressed the point that over 700,000 visitors go to the USTA National Tennis Center each year. Given those numbers, it is unlikely that the WSTC would be an appropriate venue for serious tennis fans.

Other members offered the recurring, misguided suggestion that the stadium should be landmarked as a means to protect it from being sold and or demolished. 

Tens of millions of dollars would have to be raised to comply with Department of Buildings rules and regulations regarding all of the WSTC facilities- not just the stadium.

In addition, if the stadium was ever used again for any event, the stadium and all buildings owned by the WSTC would be required to conform to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

It's clear that the proponents of this plan do not fully understand what opening this Pandora’s box would mean to the Club financially.

Voting members must be fully informed. If the WSTC is to survive this financial crisis, votes must be for the viability of the Club as a whole and not for the preservation of dilapidated symbol of a by-gone era.


Joanne Gibson

Forest Hills

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