Cambridge, Mass. (September 10) -- With the completion dates set for this fall, the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) is currently replacing the 12 outdoor tennis courts that comprise the DuPont Tennis Complex. The project began earlier in the summer and includes a complete replacement of the playing surface, fencing and lighting. The two six-court sections will be re-opened in both September and October as the two groups of courts were staggered to allow for optimum usage during the summer.
"I am beyond excited about the renovation of our tennis courts," said MIT women's tennis head coach Carol Matsuzaki. "It will mean a lot to the program and the current team to have one of the premiere outdoor and indoor tennis facilities in the region. It will also be great for recruiting, as we get to proudly show our new facilities to prospective athletes."
The project is being completed by Cape and Island Tennis & Track, which is located in Pocasset, Massachusetts. Cape and Island Tennis & Track is New England's largest tennis court and running track contractor that has completed over 2,000 court projects across New England. They have also earned an industry-leading 36 American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) Distinguished Facility Awards.
"Having a new top of the line facility, will have an immediate positive effect on the program by providing an atmosphere that will inspire training, recruiting, and bringing in other top teams to compete at this facility and propel us to new heights," said MIT men's tennis head coach Dave Hagymas.
The 12-court complex for the Engineers is a post-tensioned concrete surface, which is widely-regarded as the preferred method for new tennis court construction. The surface has increased resistance to settling and/or heaving, eliminates the potential liability for structural cracking and provides a better uniformity of play.