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GREENBRIER ANNOUNCES NEW TENNIS STADIUM THE 46,000-SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE BY JUNE


Publication: CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL
Published: Friday, September 05, 2014
Page: 1C
Byline: JARED HUNT DAILY MAIL BUSINESS EDITOR

The Greenbrier on Thursday announced plans to add a 2,500-seat tennis stadium to the resort, just months after building a football training camp.

The new 46,000-square-foot tennis facility, called Center Court at Creekside, is expected to be complete by June.

The facility will build upon The Greenbrier's existing tennis traditions.

The resort will host its third annual Tennis Champions Classic Sept. 20 and 21. The event will feature tennis stars Pete Sampras (the resort's tennis pro emeritus), John McEnroe, Andy Roddick and Ryan Harrison.

"We are so excited to be able to take the already top-of-the-line tennis facilities at The Greenbrier to a whole new level, resort owner Jim Justice said in a press release.

"With folks like Pete Sampras as our resident tennis pro emeritus and such legends as tennis hall of farmer John McEnroe and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick as our guests, it was only right that The Greenbrier should have the premier resort tennis stadium in the U.S. to call its own.

Center Court at Creekside has been designed by Detroit-based architectural firm ROSSETTI. The U-shaped stadium will sit along Howard's Creek, overlooking The Old White TPC golf course, home to the annual Greenbrier Classic PGA tournament. The architecture will match The Greenbrier's other facilities.

"It's been a real pleasure to match the rich sporting heritage at The Greenbrier with a unique professional-level stadium to enhance the tennis viewing experience for patrons, said Matt Rossetti, president of ROSSETTI.

"The beautiful natural setting is a real asset to the design that we don't normally encounter, Rossetti said. "It will be a stand-out experience for Greenbrier guests and players and will continue its tradition as one of the finest sporting resorts in the U.S.

The court will be surfaced with Har-Tru clay. There will also be a plaza between the creek and court that will accommodate court side hospitality tents and additional grandstand seating. It will also offer up to 400 corporate box seats, professional lighting options and areas for broadcast cameras.

The tennis facility is the second new sports facility added to The Greenbrier this year.

Earlier this summer, The Greenbrier opened its $20 million, 55,000-square-foot football practice facility, which served as the training camp for the New Orleans Saints.

Contact writer Jared Hunt at business@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4836.

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