How a tennis stadium became a sanctuary

Larry Hoy, of Renovata Studios, Inc. tells the story of how a tennis stadium in Forest Hills, NY was transformed into a church for a day. The event was the Millennium mass celebrated by the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens, and the location was Arthur Ashe Stadium. In addition to a sanctuary space for the celebration of the mass, a chapel for the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was needed.  Hoy recalls how the design team stood in the 10,000-square-foot player’s lounge looking up at the 40-foot ceilings, and realized the space called out for more than a typical 18” monstrance or tabernacle, and so “the idea of suspending something from the ceiling and making it an architectural presence developed.”  That “something” turned out to be a monstrance suited to the scale of the space, and which was easily visible from any location.[7]

[7] Larry Hoy (President at Renovata Studios Inc), in discussion with the author, April, 2014.