Feb. 10, 2006
Most eyes of friends of the University of Iowa and fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes curious about construction on the UI campus are focused squarely on the work that is on-going at historic Kinnick Stadium and rightfully so. The structure is home to the UI’s nationally ranked football program, is 76 years old and is an icon of the UI campus.
“It’s exciting to see the structure really begin to take shape. When completed it will meet the needs of our tennis program at a level that they’ve never been met previously.”
Steve Houghton, UI men’s tennis coach
However, approximately two miles directly west, work on another University of Iowa facility is also on-going and making significant progress as well.
The UI’s “West Campus Project” includes indoor and outdoor tennis courts for use by the UI’s varsity tennis programs and for recreational purposes by UI faculty, staff and students in addition to the greater Iowa City community is – like Kinnick Stadium – humming along.
The outdoor tennis courts were playable last fall. The space for the indoor tennis courts located at the western-most end of the structure which is situated northwest of the UI Athletics Hall of Fame and Grant Field, the home of Iowa’s nationally ranked field hockey program, is moving along right on schedule for a mid-summer grand opening.
So, too, is the indoor “green space” – artificial turf – that will be used in variety of ways by both intercollegiate student-athletes and recreationally. That turf is located at the eastern-most edge of the facility.
“The facility as a whole will put us among the Big Ten Conference’s best when completed. It will help us recruit, help us coach, help us develop our student-athletes and our tennis programs to their absolute fullest.”
Daryl Greenan, UI women’s tennis coach
Between those two spaces are common space, office and administrative space, a collection of locker rooms and restrooms in addition to team meeting space and office space for the UI’s varsity tennis programs.
Click HERE to review the floor plan.
“It’s exciting to see the structure really begin to take shape. When completed it will meet the needs of our tennis program at a level that they’ve never been met previously,” said Steve Houghton, the UI’s long-time men’s tennis coach.
“The facility as a whole will put us among the Big Ten Conference’s best when completed. It will help us recruit, help us coach, help us develop our student-athletes and our tennis programs to their absolute fullest,” said Daryl Greenan, the second-year head coach of the UI’s women’s tennis program.
To see the latest progress made on the University of Iowa’s new tennis facility, visit westcampusproject.com and click on the “Photo Gallery” link in the drop-down menu behind “Tennis-Recreation Center.”