Shippensburg University athletics unveiled the recent renovations to its tennis courts Sept. 15. Officials originally built the tennis courts in the early 2000s, and since then, the SU women’s tennis team has called the courts home.
As the years went on, the courts began showing wear-and-tear and needed repairs and a new coat. University officials said they recoated the courts with a type of acrylic latex paint that can be painted on an asphalt surface. The paint is waterproof, and is important in the protection of the court because it can withstand rain and prevents the paint from fading faster.
The renovation was part of the routine painting cycle that occurs every 10 years for tennis courts. The SU maintenance department painted the tennis courts in a similar project in 2009.
According to the SU maintenance department, there were areas of the court that were deteriorating and needed to be stabilized.
The renovation took just over a month, according to Bruce Herring, SU assistant director of planning and engineering. He said the renovations were expected to take two weeks but ATT Corp., the Baltimore, Maryland, contractor completing the project, found problems.
The contractor discovered large areas of the courts needed to be stripped before resurfacing could begin, which took two weeks to complete.
The base contract cost the university $60,000, which included all nine tennis courts, according to officials.
With the renovations now complete, members of the tennis team are excited to get out on their new courts.
Junior Kayla Tryanski, SU tennis team member, said she sees lots of opportunities for the newly renovated courts.
“I am super excited to be able to play on them this season,” Tryanski said.
With fall sports currently on hold, the SU women’s tennis team will not see action until the spring, at the earliest. Until then, team members continue to marvel at their upgraded facility.