Facility Friday: Memphis Tennis Center, Robert Morris Track & Field, Hawaii Football Complex and More

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The University of Memphis and the City of Memphis are scheduled to break ground on the new Leftwich Tennis Center in Audubon Park in early June, setting up the $24 million facility to be completed in approximately 18 months.

The partnership between the city and the university will provide a world-class facility not only for the Tigers' men's and women's tennis teams, but also for residents of Memphis to enjoy. The new Leftwich Tennis Center will be able to attract major national tennis tournaments and NCAA and conference championships and their fans and will be the largest tennis facility within hundreds of miles, featuring 24 outdoor and 12 indoor courts.

The new Leftwich will remain a public tennis center open for the use of all citizens for leisure and competitive tennis play, teaching and clinics. It will replace the current Leftwich Tennis Center on the site. — GoTigersGo.com

Construction work is now underway at the future P3R Track & Field Complex at Robert Morris University’s Island Sports Center in Neville Township, Pa.

The facility will be made available to the university’s athletes for training and competition, but it will also play host to future sporting events for the region.

SportsPITTSBURGH, a division of VisitPITTSBURGH, will work with RMU and P3R to bring national events to the new facility when it is completed. The facility is already slated to host several competitions as part of the 2023 National Senior Games. — Pittsburgh Business Times

The University of Hawaii released renderings this week depicting the new Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex will look like, once $8.3 million in renovations are completed to make it viable for official football competition.

The renderings include new sideline grandstand seating both across from the existing concrete bleacher seating and in one end zone. There are also a handful of hospitality suites and a scoreboard projected into the aerial images where they do not currently exist.

UH now projects the seating capacity at 9,000 for the upcoming 2021 season, not 10,000 as previously estimated. — Pacific Business News

Texas Tech University's athletic department unveiled plans Thursday for a new $12.5 million baseball team facility at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

As part of the project, Texas Tech will greatly enhance the student-athlete amenities inside the baseball clubhouse, providing the Red Raiders a first-class locker room, a dedicated team lounge and an enlarged indoor training facility. The renovation will double the Red Raiders' square footage within the clubhouse, giving Texas Tech one of the top team facilities in college baseball.

Construction will begin once fundraising is complete on the $12.5 million project. Texas Tech has been in the silent fundraising stage of the project and has raised more than $8 million to date. — TexasTech.com

The comprehensive renovation of the south end zone of Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin, known as the CR Future project, is now expected to be completed prior to the 2022 football season, according to an updated timeline released by the UW athletic department Wednesday.

Pre-construction has begun, with the majority of work beginning at the conclusion of the 2021 football season. No seating will be affected for the 2021 season.

The CR Future project — which will include new premium seating, indoor and outdoor hospitality clubs, climate-controlled amenities, expanded premium food and beverage offerings, dedicated restrooms and best-in-class service and operations — was initially announced in October 2019. Construction was set to begin at the conclusion of the 2020 season but instead was stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic. — uwbadgers.com

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