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OKC Tennis Center Adds Indoor Tennis
Recently, the Oklahoma City Tennis Center at Will Rogers park got an upgrade, with the addition of a structure to house indoor tennis courts.
Constructed by Legacy Building Solutions, the new facility is a fabric structure designed to United States Tennis Association (USTA) standards that houses six regulation courts. The new building brings the OKC Tennis Center to 36 total courts, joining 30 existing outdoor courts.
Several features of the indoor sports center make it ideal for tennis play. The white interior liner uses a flame-retardant PE fabric which reflects the LED lighting system, creating a bright, even background across all courts. Using fabric also enhances the building's acoustics, helping players and coaches stay focused on the game.
The tennis structure measures 125 by 300 feet. Designed for year-round use, the building's roof and walls are fully insulated. Climate control systems, divider and backdrop curtains, netting and a fire suppression system elevate the building's suitability for all levels of play, including recreational, high school and college.
Like all Legacy buildings, the center features rigid I-beam engineering and was custom designed to meet project specifications. After working with tennis center staff to complete the design, Legacy's in-house crew installed the building in less than 30 days.
"It was a priority to get the new building operating quickly so we could continue our programming," said Steve Henry, director of recreational programming at OKC Tennis Center. "Legacy was totally committed to doing whatever was necessary to support our project."
The indoor center was named as a winner in the Large Facility category in the 2016 USTA Outstanding Facility Awards, which recognize excellence in construction or renovation of tennis facilities. The building received a second honor as well, being named Municipal Tennis Facility of the Year by Tennis Industry magazine.
"Every aspect of this building was designed to create an ideal tennis environment," said Ben Fox, president and CEO of Legacy Building Solutions. "It's an honor for one of our custom buildings to be recognized as one of the best tennis centers in the country."