Athletics to build eight-court tennis facility on campus

Men’s and women’s teams previously played at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton.

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Athletics to build eight-court tennis facility on campus

Men’s and Women’s tennis will have a new, $800,000 facility to play on by the fall of 2016. Photo courtesy of FAU Athletics.

Men’s and Women’s tennis will have a new, $800,000 facility to play on by the fall of 2016. Photo courtesy of FAU Athletics.

Men’s and Women’s tennis will have a new, $800,000 facility to play on by the fall of 2016. Photo courtesy of FAU Athletics.

Men’s and Women’s tennis will have a new, $800,000 facility to play on by the fall of 2016. Photo courtesy of FAU Athletics.

Ryan Lynch, Editor in Chief

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or the first time in 10 seasons, Florida Atlantic men’s and women’s tennis teams will have a home on the Boca Raton campus.

FAU Athletics announced on Thursday via a news release on their website that it will be building an eight-court facility next to the sand volleyball courts, across from FAU Arena.

The men’s and women’s programs have played their home matches off campus at Boca Raton’s Patch Reef Park since the 2005-2006 season, turning their old home courts into a practice spot.

“FAU teams only sporadically used the courts on campus from 2005 to present for individual work or if they were displaced for any reason from Patch Reef Park,” Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Karina McCormack said in an email.

The courts, which come at a cost of $800,000 and are projected to be completed by the fall of 2016, will also feature a walkway between them and a shaded viewing area.

According to McCormack, students will be given allotted time to use the courts when the varsity team is not playing. Members of the general public will not be able to use the courts freely, but will be able to rent them when they are not scheduled for use.

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