Indianapolis Tennis Center

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Indianapolis Tennis Center
Indianapolis Tennis Center's main court.jpg
Location Indianapolis, Indiana United States
Capacity 10,000 (tennis)
Surface Hard, Outdoors
Construction
Built 1979
Expanded 1989
Closed August 2010
Demolished 2010
Construction cost $7 million[1]
Architect Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf[2]
Tenants
Indianapolis Tennis Championships (Tennis)
(1988–2009)
1987 Pan American Games (Tennis) (1987)

The Indianapolis Tennis Center was a tennis stadium complex with additional outdoor and indoor tennis courts on the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The stadium, which seated 10,000 spectators, was built in 1979. At that time it was the venue for the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships tournament. It was also the site of the tennis events for the 1987 Pan American Games.

When originally constructed, the 13 acres (5.3 ha) complex included 14 outdoor courts, all of which, including the stadium court, had a clay surface. In 1989 an indoor facility featuring 6 DecoTurf Ii courts was added, and the stadium court and other outdoor courts were converted from clay to DecoTurf.[3] Due to the change in playing surface, the name of the tournament was changed to the RCA Tennis Championships. The name of the tournament changed again to the Indianapolis Tennis Championships in 2007 due to the loss of the RCA sponsorship.

Changes to the date of the tournament to a less desirable point in the ATP tour combined with the loss of sponsorship resulted in the tournament being sold and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Maintenance costs due to the loss of tournament income plus IUPUI's need for the land for future development led to the closure of the facility in August 2010 and its subsequent demolition that year.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ted Greene and Jon Sweeney (January 20, 2012). Naptown to Super City (television broadcast). Indianapolis: WFYI-TV (PBS). Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Indianapolis Tennis Center architect: Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf
  3. ^ "Indianapolis Tennis Center". IUPUI Athletics. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ Schoettle, Anthony (April 30, 2010). "UPDATE: Tennis Center set for summer demolition". Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 39°46′12″N 86°10′21″W / 39.770009°N 86.172424°W / 39.770009; -86.172424