Sparta — Sparta Area Schools’ high-school tennis complex has been named the top outdoor tennis facility of 2023 by the American Sports Builders Association.
During a recent meeting in Dallas, the ASBA — a national organization for athletic-facility builders and material-suppliers — presented the award to the district, project designers and engineers GMB Architecture & Engineering, and The Christman Company, which oversaw construction of the tennis complex. The news was shared in a December press release.
Sparta’s facility, constructed in fall 2022, consists of eight, post-tensioned concrete outdoor courts and was the final project of the district’s $58.6 million bond passed in 2016. Construction of the complex was part of an effort to improve district athletic facilities.
The facility’s layout connects the eight courts along a central walkway. It includes seat-walls and portable bleachers. All courts and viewing areas are ADA-compliant.
“Sparta Area Schools is very proud of our athletic facilities,” Superintendent Joel Stoner stated in the release. “The new tennis courts are an amazing addition to our facilities and a highly appealing aesthetic added to the high school campus.”
GMB landscape architect Matt Heidloff said in the release that the facility “acts as a real celebration of athletics,” adding that the project is something “the whole community of Sparta can be proud of.”