Tarleton State officially opens ‘state-of-the-art’ Tarleton Tennis Facility


STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton State opened the new Tarleton Tennis Facility on Thursday, the permanent home for Texan Tennis.

In front of a large gathering of supporters, Tarleton State President Dr. James Hurley and Tarleton Tennis head coach Elianne Douglas-Miron led a ribbon-cutting ceremony ahead of Tarleton’s match against Utah Tech.

“You could not have dialed up a more beautiful day, you got the birds singing, you got beautiful sunshine, and this incredible facility,” said Hurley. “This was a project that we managed in-house…we managed this project to-and-through completion. Disclaimer, we are not completed with this facility yet, there are other additional things that we will be doing throughout the next three-to-six months to continue to enhance, but we wanted to play some games here at our new facility (this season). I can’t believe how fast and how quickly (we completed this project)…but we’re here and it’s just absolutely incredible.”

The new facility is located next to the Tarleton baseball and softball complexes. Tarleton State announced on Nov. 1 that construction was underway for a new tennis facility, and in less than six months, the facility was ready to host competitions.

“I’m excited today because this is a state-of-the-art facility, it’s going to help us continue to attract top talent from around the world,” said Douglas-Miron. “This facility is going to help us continue to move on to the next level, continue to win championships, continue to win matches, and just continue to be successful, so we’re very, very excited and very grateful for everybody that’s here and everybody that’s been supporting us along the way.”

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.

“When you invest in women’s sports, you pave the way for growth and success, and you create student-athletes that will be successful on and off the court, so we’re very, very thankful for (Dr. Hurley, Lonn Reisman, Dr. Megan O’Quin) and everybody in the athletic department who have been supporting me and supporting our young ladies in everything that they do on and off the court,” said Douglas-Miron.  

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.

The Texans had 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.

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