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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

U.S. Open complex in Queens will house 350-bed hospital

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

A 350-bed field hospital is set to open at the Queens tennis complex that hosts the U.S. Open, city officials confirmed Monday.
The hospital, which will likely be used for non-coronavirus patients, will be built in an indoor training facility in the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Mayor de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said.
Construction is expected to start Tuesday.
City Emergency Management officials visited the more than 40-acre tennis complex Friday, U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said.

"Whatever the city, whatever the state needs, we’re going to help,” he said. “Whatever is needed, we’re here.”

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