Campus Expansion Continues With Groundbreaking on the Michael D. Case Tennis Center
March 22, 2000
The University of Tulsa today broke ground on the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, a 54,000-square-foot facility that will include six indoor courts, 12 outdoor courts, spectator seating, electronic scoreboards, lighting for night competition, conditioning training facilities, staff offices, lounges and a pro shop.
In a news announcement during the groundbreaking ceremony, special guest Betty Werner, chair of the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Committee, announced that the 2004 NCAA tennis championships will be held at the new facility on the TU campus.
"This groundbreaking symbolizes the launch of a new era in Golden Hurricane tennis, said Fulton Collins, chairman of the TU Board of Trustees. "This facility is destined to have a profound impact not only on our intercollegiate tennis program, but also on students -- and Tulsans -- who love this sport. On behalf of The University of Tulsa, my hat goes off to Mike Case and the long list of contributors who turned the idea of a tennis center into a reality."
With the addition of the facility, TU will be better equipped to compete for high caliber tennis players with schools in Florida and other areas where tennis can be played year round.
"The TU tennis program is already among the finest in the nation, and the advantage offered by this new facility will enable TU tennis to achieve even higher levels in recruiting and competition," said TU Athletic Director Judy MacLeod.
The estimated completion date for the tennis center is spring 2001. The tennis facility is part of the university's new Donna J. Hardesty Sports and Recreation Complex, a 30-acre development including a soccer field, softball field, track, multi-purpose recreational field, student health and fitness center and student apartments.
"It is every tennis coach's dream to have a first-class home court," said TU Director of Tennis and Men's Tennis Coach Vince Westbrook. "There is no doubt that with the addition of this extraordinary tennis facility, we will attract the best players in the nation to TU."
Tulsa developer and philanthropist Mike Case, the driving force behind the project and the individual for whom the facility is named, funded a major portion of the tennis center and raised the additional funding for the project.
"I am extremely pleased to celebrate the groundbreaking of the tennis center," said Case. "Not only can we now see our plans in action, but we also have an opportunity to publicly thank all those who turned the idea of a tennis facility into a reality."
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