USTA Mid-Atlantic Selects Prince William County as New Home of Tennis

Feb. 7, 2018 –

USTA Mid-Atlantic Selects Prince William County as New Home
of Tennis

 
Prince William County, Va. — The United States Tennis
Association Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS) announced it will move its
headquarters to Prince William County, Va., and create a new home of
Mid-Atlantic tennis in the community. USTA Mid-Atlantic, with a mission to
promote and develop the growth of tennis, is pursuing development of a tennis
complex to help support local players, pave the way for growth of the game and
introduce the sport to the next generation of tennis players in the region.

The non-profit organization has land under contract located
across from the George Mason University (GMU) Science and Technology Campus on Freedom Center Blvd. The
ultimate vision of USTA MAS is to create a state-of-the art tennis complex and
develop other amenities on the land to create a vibrant destination for sports
and wellness. The organization expects to host USTA programs, tournaments,
recreational and public tennis play and special events at the tennis complex.

“Our vision is that this tennis complex will not only be an
incredible place to learn, play and celebrate tennis for people all across the
Mid-Atlantic but also serve as a center for activity for the local community
and make play accessible to all ages, backgrounds and abilities living nearby,”
said Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro, CEO of USTA Mid-Atlantic. “We know that the
lifelong sport of tennis enriches lives in many ways and as this complex comes
to fruition our expectation is to invigorate the community and make it a
physically, emotionally and socially healthier place to live.”

Tennis in the Mid-Atlantic continues to experience
significant growth. In 2017, Mid-Atlantic had 1.1 million tennis players age
six and older according to research by the Tennis Industry Association. The
research found that tennis has been on the rise in the Mid-Atlantic growing
181,000 players since 2014 and participation has increased an average of 9.3
percent since 2012. In addition, the research indicated the Mid-Atlantic
Section has one of the highest percentages of non-players interested in
learning to play the game.

But court infrastructure in neighboring counties has become
limited and USTA Mid-Atlantic hopes to address the lack of places to play by
increasing the inventory of courts to meet the needs of the growing tennis and
local community.

“We’re delighted the USTA Mid-Atlantic has chosen Prince
William County to be the home of its brand new state-of-the-art recreation
facility,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County
Supervisors. “This is a great opportunity, in that it provides not only a new
tourism recreation destination for all our residents, but across the Greater Washington
metropolitan area, as well as providing our region with educational and
competitive sporting opportunities, while enhancing the wide-array of
recreational pursuits already offered throughout Prince William County.”

The USTA Mid-Atlantic tennis complex will be a marquee
amenity for the growing Prince William County. The Prince William County Parks
and Recreation model calculates that the complex will contribute an estimated
$12.1 million annually in economic impact and the Prince William County Board
of Supervisors has approved the maximum economic incentive to support USTA
Mid-Atlantic coming to the county. With the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center and the Hylton Performing Arts Center in close proximity, the tennis
complex will be at the hub of a significant sports and entertainment district.

 “Our Science and
Technology campus continues to expand and is a driving force within the county
for drawing in dynamic businesses, diverse populations and exceptional talent,”
said GMU President Angel Cabrera. “We are thrilled to have the USTA
Mid-Atlantic join our community and know their tennis programming and eventual
facility will be a welcomed amenity that will contribute to creating a thriving
and vibrant place for all to enjoy.”

USTA Mid-Atlantic expects to close on the sale of the land
in March 2018. To support bringing the tennis complex project to fruition, USTA
Mid-Atlantic will seek additional partners, corporate entities and individuals
aligned with their mission and shared values.

For more information about USTA Mid-Atlantic and playing
tennis in the Mid-Atlantic visit www.usta.com/midatlantic/.