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Community Indoor Tennis Center kicks-off $1 million campaign


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO-AM) - Supporters of the Community Indoor Tennis Center hope to create year-round tennis opportunities by building a new $3.5 million indoor tennis facility. The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce-approved Community Appeals Campaign kicked off April 1 and runs through July 31, 2013, with a goal of raising $1 million from the business community.

Sioux Falls currently has no indoor public tennis courts, and the city’s brisk climate and short summers mean tennis players typically enjoy only about a five-month outdoor season. According to the United States Tennis Association, a city the size of Sioux Falls could support at least 15 indoor tennis courts — but right now, hundreds of children and adults enrolled in city-run summer tennis instruction and leagues have no public indoor courts to play on once the weather turns cold.

For now, the closest public indoor tennis court to Sioux Falls is three hours away, in Omaha, Neb. Sioux Falls does offer six private indoor tennis courts.

“The campaign to build the Community Indoor Tennis Center is about improving the quality of life we enjoy in Sioux Falls,” said Jerry Nachtigal of Citi, a co-chair of the capital campaign. “It’s also about economic development for our community and region, providing year-round opportunities for young and old to play a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime, and simply giving residents of a fast-growing city more needed recreational and wellness options.”

The Community Indoor Tennis Center will be located in the new Sanford Sports Complex, the city’s emerging athletic hub sprouting in northwest Sioux Falls on land donated by Sanford Health. Situated between the Scheels Iceplex and the Pentagon basketball arena, the 46,000-square-foot steel frame tennis center will feature seven championship tennis courts, two classrooms, locker rooms, offices and pro shop, and seating for viewing tournament play. Pending a successful fundraising campaign, construction is slated to begin this fall and the CITC will be up and running by spring 2014.