Tarleton Tennis to start play at new facility Thursday, ribbon cutting ceremony planned before match starts


STEPHENVILLE – The new Tarleton State Tennis facility has been completed, and the Texans will begin play on it on Thursday.

Tarleton Tennis will host conference opponent Utah Tech on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the new facility, which is located next to the Tarleton baseball and softball complexes. Tarleton State will host a short ribbon cutting ceremony ahead of the match, planned for 10:30 a.m.

“I am honored to be involved in this project, which marks a significant milestone in Tarleton State University’s tennis history,” head coach Elianne Douglas-Miron said. “[President] Dr. [James] Hurley and Coach [Lonn] Reisman shared a vision to establish premier facilities, and I am proud to say Tarleton has accomplished just that. These facilities are another example of the dedication of our school’s leadership to continually enhance the student-athlete experience.

“Many people have cherished memories of their time at the Potishman-Lard Tennis Courts, and our aim is to honor the legacy of those who came before us by creating exciting new moments at our new facility,” Douglas-Miron continued. “We are excited to embark on this new chapter, which begins with our first match on these courts Thursday.”

Starting Thursday, the new Tarleton tennis facility will be the permanent home for the Texans. They will play every home match there moving forward.

Tarleton State announced on Nov. 1 that construction was underway for a new tennis facility, and in less than six months, that project has been completed.

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.

The new tennis facility features six competition courts, with purple serving as the court color and gray surrounding the field area. There is a 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.

The Texans will have the ability to play at night with a broadcast-level, LED lighting system. 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 led 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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