Regents Approve Tennis Facility Plan

Sept. 15, 2004

The State of Iowa Board of Regents approved today a plan to develop modern indoor and outdoor facilities to serve the needs of recreation, physical education, instruction, and men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics teams for tennis and other sports.

The facility would house a total of eight indoor tennis courts and associated support space like locker rooms, restrooms, office and storage areas. An additional 12 outdoor courts would also be constructed. The proposed 20 courts would replace the tennis courts at the Klotz Tennis Courts facility lost as a result of the renovation of historic Kinnick Stadium.

The proposed project includes the construction of 20 tennis courts — 12 outdoor and eight indoor — for recreation and intercollegiate athletics use.

The facility would also provide additional indoor recreation activity space to accomodate field activities and organized recreation and fitness classes.

The project also includes two outdoor sports activity fields to meet recreational and intercollegiate athletics needs for soccer, field hockey and other outdoor sports.

The building would also house the Touch the Earth program, an outdoor recreation and education program of UI Recreation Services.

The project site is located on the University’s far west campus immediately west of Finkbine Golf Course.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $12 million. $1.7 of this expense is built into the $87 million budget for the renovation of Kinnick Stadium as a result of the need to relocate the tennis courts lost as a result of that project.

The remainder of the cost of the project would be funded from recreation building fees, gifts to the UI Athletic Department, and parking revenue.

The UI will present the project’s final design and budget to the Board of Regents at its meeting in November. The UI would begin construction immediately upon approval of those final details of the project.