Construction to Begin on University of Wyoming Indoor Tennis Facility in Mid-July

June 28, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming announced on Monday that construction will begin in mid-July on UW's new Indoor Tennis Facility. A ground-breaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at the site of the new Indoor Tennis Facility. It will be located adjacent to the existing indoor courts at the UW Tennis Facility on the east side of the UW campus north of Willett Drive.

"This project has been on the drawing board for some time," said UW Athletics Director Tom Burman. "We are very excited about the future of our tennis program, and this will move us another step forward in our program's development. Hopefully, breaking ground on this project will motivate prospective donors to consider assisting UW in finishing this project in a truly first-class manner. This facility will enhance both the UW tennis program and the tennis community in Wyoming at large."

The new Indoor Tennis Facility will expand the current indoor courts from two courts to six. Space allocations for other facilities such as lockerrooms, restrooms and storage will be provided in the expansion.

"We are very excited about the construction of our new state-of-the-art indoor facility," said UW head tennis coach Kati Gyulai. "This is a very special project that the University has been working on for years. I want to thank everyone at the University of Wyoming who played a part in allowing us to move forward with the construction."

The UW Board of Trustees approved the construction phase of the project on May 7, 2010. Last November, UW Trustees authorized a preliminary design study for the Indoor Tennis Facility. The project has been a part of the UW Capital Facilities Plan since 2006.

The anticipated cost of the facility is $2.75 million. It will be built by Sampson Construction. The project is expected to be completed by February of 2011.

The Cowgirls wrapped up the program's most successful season in the spring of 2010. UW concluded the season ranked No. 73 in the nation out of 323 NCAA Division I schools. Wyoming posted a 14-8 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the Mountain West Conference, placing third in the league. The 14 wins and five conference victories were the most ever in school history. The third-place finish was the highest a Wyoming team had ever placed in league play. The Cowgirls defeated three conference foes for the first time in program history. UW gained its first wins ever over MWC opponents BYU, New Mexico and San Diego State, and narrowly lost to eventual conference champion TCU, 4-3.

Pictured left to right at the groundbreaking ceremony on June 30 are: Ben Blalock, UW Foundation President and CEO; Kati Gyulai, UW Head Tennis Coach; Tim Belton, Architect with Malone Belton Abel, P.C. of Sheridan, Wyo.; Jen Coast, Manager of Capital Projects with UW Facilities Planning; and Tom Burman, UW Athletics Director.