LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Liberty University dedicated and cut the ribbon on its new indoor tennis facility Tuesday.
The $5 million project was made possible by a donation from an anonymous donor and took about a year and a half to complete.
The facility boasts six state-of-the-art tennis courts and seating for 100 fans. The building also has locker rooms, a team lounge, a laundry facility and a concessions area.
The team hosted its first match last Saturday in the new facility.
"It was just euphoria. It's the best way to say. They just couldn't believe this was ours and that we had the opportunity to compete in such an amazing facility," Jeff Maren, Liberty Women's Tennis Team's head coach, said.
"Last Saturday, the Lady Flames tennis team earned the first two victories in the new building," a release from LU explained. "They defeated Davidson 7-0 and Towson 6-1 to continue their unbeaten (6-0) season and the best start in school history. On Monday, the Flames tennis squad topped William & Mary 5-2 in its first match in the Liberty Indoor Tennis Center, its fourth straight win, to bolster its 2021 record to 5-3 overall."
Coaches for the men's and woman's teams say the facility will improve their athletes' skills, improve scheduling by enticing teams from all over the country to play at Liberty and it will improve recruitment.