Tennis Center gets facelift |

Tennis Center gets facelift

The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs has undergone a transformation, but it remains Northwest Colorado’s premier tennis facility.

In fact, Tennis Center president Jim Swiggart said it is the premier indoor and outdoor facility in North America, a notion backed by comments from users.

“We hear two comments,” Swiggart said. “The first is, ‘If I’d known this was here, I’d have brought my racquet.’ The second thing we hear is that, ‘This is remarkable for a public facility.’ We hear that over and over and over again.”

Lodging tax dollars helped build the Tennis Center, which opened in 1991. In 2005-06, the Tennis Center got a much-needed makeover. Those familiar with the former center will notice the bubble is gone, much to the delight of users.

“Had the structure not been replaced, we would not have had indoor tennis,” Swiggart said. “The fabric of the old bubble had deteriorated. The ultraviolet protection had delaminated. It was very unlikely that the bubble would have survived the last winter.”

The Tennis Center now boasts six indoor hard courts and much more space. The bubble has been replaced with a rigid frame and fabric structure that doesn’t need to be inflated. The sides can be opened, so it won’t be as hot in the summer, Tennis Facility Fundraising Committee chairperson Beccy Brane said.

“There will be a lot more availability of courts,” Swiggart said. “Over the past season at 92 percent occupancy a lot of people would not have played who would have liked to have played. They will enjoy a consistent, cushioned hard court surface rather than the indoor clay.”

The Tennis Center still has its 10 outdoor courts six clay and four hard courts.

Swiggart compares the new Tennis Center to other attractive area public facilities such as the new Haymaker Golf Course clubhouse and Howelsen Ice Arena.

Many communities in Northwest Colorado have city courts or private courts at hotels or resort areas. Craig’s public hard courts are located at Moffat County High School and Lincoln Street Courts.

In Steamboat, several lodging properties and the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center have tennis courts available for guests or members.

Most public courts are first-come, first-served.

Anyone looking to book courts at the Tennis Center should reserve seven days in advance. People interested in booking a major event or a business outing should make reservations three months in advance, Swiggart said. Call 879-8400.

Summer court fees for non-residents are $24 an hour for the outdoor clay and indoor cushioned hard courts. Locals will pay $18 an hour for the same courts.

Visitors’ fees for the outdoor hard courts are $18 for non-residents and $12 for locals. It is important to note that the fees are per hour, not per player.

The Tennis Center has top-of-the-line demo racquets and other rental racquets available at the Pro Shop for $6.

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