WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Greenbrier already has a PGA Tour golf tournament, an NFL training camp and the man whose silhouette is represented in the NBA logo on its grounds. Why not a world-class tennis facility?
The historic resort in Greenbrier County announced Thursday the construction of a new 46,000-square-foot tennis facility that will seat more than 2,500 fans and host major tennis events, as well as concerts and other functions.
Set on the banks of Howard’s Creek, the U-shaped stadium will overlook the Old White TPC golf course — the home of the annual Greenbrier Classic — and is slated to open in June.
Designed by Detroit architecture firm ROSSETTI — which designed the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Tennis Center at Crandon Park at the home of the U.S. Open and the USTA National Tennis Center — the new Center Court at Creekside will be equipped with up to 400 corporate seats, professional-grade lighting and broadcast-ready camera areas.
The facility, which will include a Har-Tru clay surface, will give The Greenbrier six Har-Tru courts and the ability to host major tennis events like college matches and the ultimate goal, Davis Cup events.
“The opportunities will be enormous,” said Eaton Corp. CEO Sandy Cutler, who was instrumental in helping to bring in the new facility, which Greenbrier owner and chairman Jim Justice said he expects to have a price tag of about $15 million. “This is going to be a place people are going to want to come. It’s a spot that’s going to get very busy. It’s time to put The Greenbrier back on the map hosting world-class tennis events.”
Tennis has a rich history at The Greenbrier, dating back to the 1890s, when guests began playing on the lawn in front of the Paradise Row cottages…