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Madrid’s La Caja Mágica set for new 10,000-capacity court

Madrid Destino, the culture, tourism, venues and events body for the Spanish capital’s council, has announced plans for a new 10,000-capacity indoor arena at La Caja Mágica, home of the Madrid Open tennis tournament.

The arena is scheduled to open in 2025 and will cost €18m (£15.4m/$19m) to build. The project will be co-financed by the city council and Madrid Trophy Promotion, which organises the Madrid Open.

La Caja Mágica currently has three arenas with capacities of 12,500, 2,900 and 1,900. Madrid Destino said the difference in capacities between the two largest venues raises scheduling difficulties when staging the Madrid Open, an important event on the ATP and WTA calendars.

The construction of the new “semi-permanent” arena is designed to capitalise on the evolution of the Madrid Open. The venue will be located along the north-south axis of La Caja Mágica and will be designed to meet the latest requirements in terms of sustainable development.

The plans have been announced after Madrid secured a new long-term deal in September to continue hosting the Madrid Open until at least 2030. The deal included a commitment to developing a new court with a capacity of between 8,000 and 10,000 spectators, and more details have now been released.

The Madrid Open was first held in 2002 on hard courts, indoors at the Casa de Campo Rockodrome before moving to La Caja Mágica’s clay courts when the venue opened in 2009.

La Caja Mágica was designed by the studio of French architect Dominique Perrault.

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