George Fox University installs covered tennis structure on its Austin Sports Complex property

July 21st, 2017

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New facility will bolster the university’s tennis teams’ recruitment efforts

NEWBERG, Ore. – In a move to benefit the school’s intercollegiate tennis programs, George Fox University is moving forward with plans to construct a covered tennis structure on its Austin Sports Complex property. Construction begins this summer and concludes in the fall.

The facility will accommodate six courts and serve as home for the university’s men’s and women’s tennis teams, allowing for fall and spring matches to unfold rain or shine – a luxury that will assist in the recruitment of quality collegiate players, according to men’s head coach Neal Ninteman.

Plans call for the PVC-fabric-covered facility to measure 320 feet in length, 140 feet in width, and rise just over 50 feet at its highest point. The fabric will be pulled over steel tubular dome-shaped trusses, and the court base will be asphalt coated with an acrylic polymer surface commonly used in tennis facilities. The courts will be illuminated with LED uplighting, and ceiling fans and large doors on either end will allow for ample ventilation on hot days. The building will not be heated.

The structure will feature technology that makes it energy efficient, including translucent fabric that won’t require additional lighting during daylight hours. It will also be thermally efficient, maintaining a temperature up to 20 degrees warmer than outside in winter and 20 degrees cooler than outside in summer. In addition to tennis, the facility also will house a training area for George Fox track and field athletes.

The Austin Sports Complex, located at 1953 N. Center St., is bordered by Villa Road to the east, Crestview Drive to the south, Center Street to the west, and the Joan Austin Elementary School and Newberg Christian Church properties to the north.

The project is the latest in a recent flurry of construction activity at the university, which opened a new residence hall in 2015 and constructed a new dining facility and bridge in 2016. Previously, a renovation of the school’s track and field stadium resulted in the unveiling of Stoffer Family Stadium and the Duke Athletic Center in 2014, paving the way for the return of intercollegiate football that fall after a 46-year hiatus from the sport.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Neal Ninteman
Head Men’s Tennis Coach
George Fox University

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