Indianapolis Tennis Center future in limbo

November 19, 2009
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

The Indianapolis Tennis Center will not be demolished next spring. I repeat, the Indianapolis Tennis Center will not be demolished next spring. According to Roger Schmenner, chief of staff to IUPUI’s chancellor, the tennis facility will not be touched “for the next few years.”

So, if the ATP Tour stop there can continue to maintain itself financially, the event appears to have a home through 2012. Local tennis sources still remained skeptical about the tennis center’s near-term future despite Schmenner’s claims.

A furor erupted earlier this week when higher-ups inside the local tennis community began contacting media members and tennis followers far and wide asking them to petition IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz to stop the demolition.

One well-placed source inside the tennis community said the NCAA is planning to expand its headquarters on the site where the tennis center—including the 10,000-seat stadium court—now stands.

“That is absolutely untrue,” Schmenner said.
 
One thing is certain. The NCAA is planning a ground breaking next spring for a $35 million, 130,000-square-foot expansion. NCAA officials and Schmenner said it would be on White River State Park land directly west of the current NCAA headquarters, not on the tennis center site, which is about a half-mile to the northwest.

“The Indianapolis Tennis Center is not a part of what the NCAA is doing,” Schmenner said. “The future use of that site is still undetermined.”

IUPUI has determined that by 2028, the tennis center will come down, but Schmenner said IUPUI will likely find a better use for the valuable land and not farm it out or sell it off.
 

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. I could be wrong, but I don't think Butler views the new dorm as mere replacements for Schwitzer and or Ross.

  2. An increase of only 5% is awesome compared to what most consumers face or used to face before passage of the ACA. Imagine if the Medicaid program had been expanded to the 400k Hoosiers that would be eligible, the savings would have been substantial to the state and other policy holders. The GOP predictions of plan death spirals, astronomical premium hikes and shortages of care are all bunk. Hopefully voters are paying attention. The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare), where fully implemented, has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured and helped contained the growth in healthcare costs.

  3. So much for competition lowering costs.

  4. As I understand the proposal, Keystone would take on the debt, not the city/CRC. So the $104K would not be used to service the $3.8M bond. Keystone would do that with its share.

  5. Adam C, if anything in Carmel is "packed in like sardines", you'll have to show me where you shop for groceries. Based on 2014 population estimates, Carmel has around 85,000 people spread across about 48 square miles, which puts its density at well below 1800 persons/sq mi, which is well below Indianapolis (already a very low-density city). Noblesville is minimally less dense than Carmel as well. The initiatives over the last few years have taken what was previously a provincial crossroads with no real identity beyond lack of poverty (and the predictably above-average school system) and turned it into a place with a discernible look, feel, and a center. Seriously, if you think Carmel is crowded, couldn't you opt to live in the remaining 95% of Indiana that still has an ultra-low density development pattern? Moreover, if you see Carmel as "over-saturated" have you ever been to Chicago--or just about any city outside of Indiana?

ADVERTISEMENT