AJC: Massive $50 million tennis complex planned for Roswell with largest number of clay courts in country. There will be a big impact to Rome Tennis Center at Berry.

AJC: Massive $50 million tennis complex planned for Roswell with largest number of clay courts in country. There will be a big impact to Rome Tennis Center at Berry.

Rendering of the proposed Tennis Center in Roswell. (from the AJC)

A surprising story in Thursday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution that will have a big impact in Rome…a new $50 million tennis complex planned for Roswell.

According to the AJC, a family foundation plans to build a sprawling multimillion-dollar tennis complex in Roswell, including the largest concentration of clay courts in the nation.

The proposed Angela Krause Tennis, Pickleball and Fitness Center at Roswell’s Big Creek Park will feature more than 135 tennis courts, including 80 clay courts and an indoor facility. The project will cost up to $50 million.

The planned 60-acre complex along Old Alabama Road will be designed for not only local players but as an international destination for tournaments, project supporters say.

Roswell City Council will consider a memorandum of understanding to begin formal negotiations at a scheduled meeting Monday night. Under the proposal, Roswell will provide land to the center under a long-term lease, and the complex will be developed, owned and managed by the Krause Family Foundation. Read more

From Hometown: We will have updates later today from City officials on the news, but there will be big impact to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. Now open for two years, the SPLOST-funded, $11 million facility continues to face some challenges. While the center has “exceeded expectations” in drawing a number of large tournaments including the ACC Championships, it doesn’t quite break-even on the accounting sheet according to our report earlier this year. Previous report

“The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College has definitely exceeded expectations as a first-class tennis facility. As with any new start up, there have been bumps and growing pains, but we have an exceptional facility and an exceptional leader with Tom Daglis and his staff that continue to step up and meet the challenge,” said Sammy Rich, Rome City Manager in a previous interview.

Officials are quick to point out the economic impact is the ultimate goal. Click here for Statement of Operations.

Meanwhile, the City of Rome is preparing to add indoor tennis courts to the facility. Although plans are still being finalized, Rich anticipates some of the existing 60 courts at the Tennis Center will be used to make the indoor courts. The goal is to have the covered courts ready by Spring 2020 when the ACC Tournament returns.

 

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