Roland-Garros, the game never stops with Rodange’s rails

Next May 2020, all eyes will be on the Roland-Garros tournament. And while encouraging Serena, Rafael, Novak or Roger, we invite you to admire the new retractable roof of the central court! Thanks to the ArcelorMittal Rodange rails, your favorite players will be protected from the rain.

Premium rails provided in a record time for the French sports monument

The Rodange site produced the 44 crane rails used for the construction of the retractable roof of the court. The A150 rails are the largest in our DIN range and have been produced in 110CrV of superior quality. This shade has long been exclusively developed by ArcelorMittal, with special straightening to ensure perfect track alignment.

Rails have mainly been produced for the Philippe-Chatrier central court roof. Once the rails were manufactured, the finishing operations were managed and organized in Yutz (France) for:

  • Cutting: The rails have been cut to length according to customer specifications, including 45 ° corner cuts while respecting the required lengths with a tolerance of +/- 1mm
  • Hardness: the A150 are the highest quality in the range
  • Handling: made with textile straps only, without magnet or chain and despite the size of the rails (the A150 are the largest rails in the range of crane rails produced in Rodange)
  • Fast delivery

In total, it took only two months between ordering and shipments to provide the end customer with completely finished rails - from production to delivery. Thanks to good internal cooperation, we were able to provide the customer with a complete solution.

The revival of an iconic tennis court

Built in 1928, the central court Philippe-Chatrier has undergone a complete renovation to modernize the stands and build a retractable roof.

This roof will not only allow the organization of night games, but will also protect players from the rain in case of bad weather. It is composed of 11 panels of 100 meters and 350 tons each which slide on our rails. Thanks to our high quality products, this 3,850-ton roof will open and close in 12 minutes.

Thanks to high quality material and good cooperation between our services, ArcelorMittal has been able to provide fully finished rails in just two months for the renovation of an internationally renowned French sports monument.