Hope College, Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts

Holland, Michigan

After playing home tennis meets at local high schools, Hope College was in need of and looking for a location for a new tennis facility. The city of Holland deeded an unused corner of property, adjacent to Hope’s existing indoor tennis facility and outdoor athletic fields, to the college.

The result is a first-class tennis complex designed for both ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY350COST PER SQ FT$209.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities and community use. The facility features a total of 12 post-tensioned concrete courts. Both sets of six courts are broken down into batteries of two with low partial fences that help with ball control while allowing free viewing. 

The central spine provides an ideal viewing location for fans, with permanent stadium-style seating and sculptural sunshades. Connection stairs at each end and in the center of the spine enable players and coaches to traverse quickly from the court level to the viewing level.

Underneath the spine is an open-air, yet sheltered, player area complete with benches, drinking fountains, water-filling stations and access to each court.