Lake Nona unveils new image, name of new $60M USTA complex in Orlando

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From the Orlando Business Journal

It’s official: The name of the U.S. Tennis Association’s Lake Nona complex is the USTA National Campus, the New Home of American Tennis.

Representatives from Lake Nona developer Tavistock Group, as well as USTA officials and state and local government representatives, will gather on April 8 for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the $60 million, 63-acre complex in the 11-square-mile southeast Orlando master-planned community. The project is set to bring hundreds of temporary construction jobs, as well as 155 permanent positions to the region.

“This is an historic day as the USTA continues to re-imagine its future, and redefines how we deliver on our mission of promoting and developing tennis in the United States,” said USTA Chairwoman and President Katrina Adams in a prepared statement. “By housing our two divisions devoted to growing the game at all levels, and training the next generation of players and coaches, we can have a greater impact on the sport than we ever had before.”

The new complex, slated for a late 2016 opening, will house the organization’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions, as well as more than 100 courts, including red and green clay, hard courts and youth courts, said a news release. The site also will house the University of Central Florida’s men’s and women’s varsity tennis teams in a collegiate tennis center, which can host college events as well.

The USTA National Campus also will anchor Lake Nona’s new 300-acre Sports Innovation and Performance District, a hub for research, design, innovation and technology, the release said.

“Lake Nona is the ideal place for the USTA to grow and thrive,” said Rasesh Thakkar, senior managing director of Tavistock Group, in a prepared statement. “We have a long history in sports, and together with the USTA, we will continue to attract innovators to Lake Nona to create opportunities that will advance sports science and athletic performance.”

Tavistock Development Co. LLC is the project developer, DPR Construction is the general contractor, and HKS Architects Inc.is the lead architect. California Products, Har-Tru and Connor SportCourt will provide surfaces for the tennis courts.

Here’s a closer look at how the complex will shape up:

  • Tournament and league area: 32 Har-Tru green clay courts and 20 Plexicushion hard courts, with player pavilions and a tournament administration building featuring with trainer rooms, officials area, a stringer area, player lounge, public restrooms and tournament check-in area
  • Collegiate tennis area: 12 Plexicushion hard courts and one future tournament show court; UCF’s home court with elevated seating for 1,200 and additional seating areas on the north and south ends. Also will include a two-story pavilion for concessions, public restrooms, team locker rooms and areas for trainers and officials.
  • Team USA area: 12 Plexicushion hard courts for 17 USTA sections, along with local coaches and their players throughout the country to work with player development
  • High performance and player development area: Eight DecoTurf hard courts and eight European red clay courts; a lodge to house 32 boys and girls, plus strength and conditioning area with sand and workout area
  • Indoor tennis courts: Six Rebound Ace indoor courts with a viewing area
  • Family tennis area: Eight 36-foot and eight 60-foot PowerGame courts with a SportsBase for youth and adults
  • USTA office building: Second level will have offices, and other levels will include tennis pro shop, fitness area, locker rooms, player lounge and café/restaurant
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