National Tennis Center officials announced that construction on the $500 million project for the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will begin in February and last through the U.S. Open, reports the Daily News. They plan to first install piles to help support a retractable roof planned for Arthur Ashe Stadium. Once the roof is installed, it will only be used in inclement weather and during winter months. Later plans include moving the grandstand to another area of the tennis complex, as well as expanding it, and moving seven other tennis courts to the south. The U.S.T.A will also take on an extra two-thirds acres of parkland and construct two new stadiums (after demolishing two old ones), add parking, and build a fan esplanade. According to the Center Chief Operating Officer Danny Zausner, “We have to host the Open each year, so we had to work on a construction schedule that’s longer than we would like.” City Council approved expansion plans over the summer and Cuomo approved the plans in September after the U.S.T.A promised to return 1.56 acres of land it’s used and donate $10,000,000 over the next 20 years to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.