USTA National Campus in Lake Nona continues to build upon its success.
In fact, it will be the host site of the NCAA Division I Men’s and
Women’s Tennis Championships in 2019 and 2021, as well as the NCAA
Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships in 2022.
ASBA member and facility designer David LaSota, who
was involved with the project, recently wrote an article for Tennis
Industry Magazine discussing the interest the National Campus has
received. Not unexpectedly, municipalities, clubs, facility owners,
colleges and others have asked him for some guidance on trends in
amenities and accessories, using the Lake Nona facility as an example. LaSota notes the following five factors that elevate Lake Nona (and can
work in the favor of other venues as well):
When players aren’t competing, they’re watching the game. Spectators
enjoy having a view beyond just one court, however. The ability to
see action on neighboring courts is key. The takeaway for other
facilities is this: review your site to see if there are areas that
can be improved to heighten visibility.
36/60-Foot Tennis: The new family zone in
USTA’s facility has eight 36-foot courts and eight 60-foot courts.
Venues that make sure there are playing spaces for children and
others who use limited space will reap the rewards.
Shade: The Florida sun can be brutal, so
USTA added shaded areas for players to rest between or after games,
or to simply relax beforehand. Clubs, parks and others that make
sure players have a protected area to sit will see that it
encourages athletes to stick around.
Live-Streaming: The USTA National Campus
is able to stream its games online and around the world. LaSota
points out that much of today’s equipment is more affordable than in
previous years and can be obtained and installed easily, for an
added benefit to players.
Water Stations/Power Recharge Stations:
Athletes are always in need of two things – water and a place to
plug in their phones. The National Campus offers refill stations for
water bottles (thus reducing plastic bottle waste) and cell phone
charging docks. Clubs and other venues that offer these amenities
will see players able to stay longer at the courtside after and
between games, rather than rushing off.
not every club has the amenities
Lake Nona enjoys – but by
following the trends, builders
can help their clients offer an
expanded range of services, and
make the facility a pleasure to