The Baseline Tennis Center is the sparkling home of Golden Gopher Tennis. Opened in the fall of 2002, the on-campus facility provides the University of Minnesota with one of the premier collegiate tennis venues in the nation. The Baseline Tennis Center was built in conjunction with Ridder Arena, the University of Minnesota's Women's Hockey Program's new home. Through a lead gift of $500,000 from Bob and Kathleen Ridder and $1.5 million dollars which was raised by the Baseline Club, the University of Minnesota boasts some of the nation's top facilities.
The Baseline Tennis Center, which houses both the men's and women's tennis teams, includes a spacious players' lounge, in addition to team locker rooms and coaches' and officials' locker rooms. The tennis teams share an enormous weight room with their Golden Gopher women's hockey counterparts. The facility features 22 signature maroon and gold courts, 10 inside and 12 outside. The indoor courts have 30-foot ceilings and are heated during the winter and air-conditioned in the summer. The courts have a plexi-type of pavement that provides more cushion than typical hard courts. The softer surface is designed to prevent injuries by causing less stress on the athletes' knees and other joints. Spectators can watch all the action from the bleachers which overlook the six main indoor courts. The bleachers feature chair-back seating, able to hold as many as 500 fans. A scoreboard and state-of-the-art sound system keep the spectators informed of all the action. Located on the spectator level is a club room for the men's Baseline Club and the women's Courtside Club. It features a kitchen for private parties and pre- match receptions.
Most recently, the University of Minnesota successfully hosted the 2006 Big Ten Men's Tennis Championships. The University of Minnesota recently completed an expansion of the Baseline Tennis Center to include four new tennis courts north of Fifth Street Southeast.
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