New Tarleton State Tennis facility scheduled for Spring 2024 completion


STEPHENVILLE – The athletic facilities at Tarleton State University continue to be created and renovated, and the Texan Tennis program will be the latest beneficiary of a world-class area to train and compete.

Construction is underway for the new Tarleton Tennis facility, next to the recently renovated Tarleton Baseball and Tarleton Softball complexes. Tarleton State plans for completion in Spring 2024, with the Texans playing some of their 2023-24 spring schedule at the new facility.

“Tarleton State has proven time and time again the investment is there for all of our athletic programs, and this tennis facility will be important for our advancement in an already elite program,” Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lonn Reisman said. “This facility will be another shining example of what we have to offer here in Stephenville. It will help us maintain and bring the best of the best to the Texan family.”

The Texans have been playing at the Potishman-Lard Tennis Courts on the corner of St. Felix and Sloan Streets since 1979. Although the courts received a significant upgrade in 2014, the new courts will be a game-changer.

“It is an honor to be part of this project, it’s not every day a coach gets to witness such investment in their sport like Tarleton State has invested in the tennis program,” head coach Elianne Douglas-Miron said. “We are so thankful for Dr. Hurley, Vice President Reisman, and everyone involved for believing in our women’s tennis team and giving us the tools necessary to recruit at a higher level and compete for championships.

“This elite facility will help our program recruit and develop top talent across the country and from around the world,” Douglas-Miron added. “This will be home for our student-athletes as they train and compete while representing the best university in the state of Texas!”

The new tennis facility will feature six competition courts, with purple serving as the court color and gray surrounding the field area. There will be an elevated spectator viewing platform with a continuous walkway, six bleacher sections and safety netting for fans to get the best experience possible watching as many as six matches at once.

Texans will have the ability to play matches at night with a new, broadcast-level, LED lighting system being installed. Other site features include covered player cabanas, court separation fencing and an equipment storage facility with direct access to the courts.

Austin-based Hellas Construction is leading the project. The same company also recently completed renovations at the Tarleton Baseball, Softball, Soccer and Track and Field complexes, as well as seating expansion at Memorial Stadium.

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