Rackets Galleries at Queen's Club
Followers of Rackets will be delighted to hear that we mayï¿½soon see the end ofï¿½the cramped, insecure,ï¿½and inaccessible Lower Rackets Galleries which haveï¿½givenï¿½spectators inadequate standing space for so many years.ï¿½ At itï¿½s AGM this week Queenï¿½s Club approved ï¿½In Principleï¿½ to rebuild and enhance a large area of the club,ï¿½being the ground and first floor space betweenï¿½the staircase going up to the GDR, right across to the covered lawn tennis court block. This major investment includes a long overdue refurbishment ofï¿½the Ladies Dressing Room, building a Members Terrace Room, and upgrading theï¿½access to,ï¿½andï¿½the capacity of, both Rackets Galleries.ï¿½
If approved, construction is expected to start in July 2011, with theï¿½finishing date not yet determined, alhough with the target of having Galleries ready for the major competitions in Jan/Feb 2012.ï¿½ The Galleries and associated rooms, which look out over the Terrace andï¿½the Championship Lawn Tennis court,ï¿½will be fully readyï¿½for the 2012 summer programme of events including the T&RA/Queen's Club Quintathlon,ï¿½which willï¿½be held between the dates of Wimbledon and the London Olympics.
On completion the finest Rackets playing and viewing facilities in the world will, quite rightly, be here at Queenï¿½s Club.
This project has been a long time in planning and discussion, and on behalf of the Rackets community David Norman and others have played key roles in helping toï¿½persuade Queen's thatï¿½'the viewing facilities should match the playing facilities at the home of Rackets''.