FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –- The newest addition to Arkansas’ athletic facilities was completed this week with the dedication of the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center on Tuesday.
The $2.8 million expansion and renovation gives the Razorback and Lady’Back tennis teams a unique facility combining the outdoor courts of the Billingsley Center with the indoor courts of the Dills Indoor Stadium.
The outdoor facility includes bleacher seating between the two sets of five courts. Fans can sit in the bleachers and watch matches on either side, or stand on top and view matches on both sides.
The renovation includes locker rooms, offices and an indoor club area attached to the Dills Indoor Stadium and connecting the indoor facility with the outdoor facility. The club area includes chairback seats on one side overlooking the Dills indoor courts and chairback seats on the other overlooking the Billingsley Center outdoor courts.
Other additions include scoreboards for the individual courts and a larger scoreboard on the west end of the north set of outdoor courts which will display the scores from outdoor courts one through six.
At the dedication ceremony, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, Razorback Foundation president Chuck Dicus and Razorback head tennis coach Robert Cox recognized and thanked Boyce Billingsley for her family’s contribution.
Billingsley cut the ribbon on the facility with members of Arkansas’ athletic administration and both tennis teams gathered around her in front of a crowd of 150 fans and supporters.
The Billingsley Center plays host to the SEC Men’s Tennis Championship this week, Thursday through Sunday. The Razorbacks, ranked No. 46 in the nation, face Vanderbilt on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Admission to the tournament is free.