Playing tennis in New York City just became a little bit easier and welcoming.
The new Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park, located in the shadow of Yankee Stadium at East 152nd Street and the Harlem River, can be labeled “ the best-kept secret in New York City tennis”. With sixteen cushioned, US Open style deco-turf, hard courts – including twelve indoor courts which are open for indoor play from October through April, New York City’s newest indoor/outdoor tennis center commenced its first indoor season at the end of 2010. The excellent lighting, high indoor ceilings and spacious backcourts of the new Stadium Tennis Center are sure to please the tennis playing public and tournament level players.
The tennis center is an integral part of Mill Pond Park and the Yankee Stadium Redevelopment Project. Formerly a vacant and decaying industrial site, Mill Pond Park has been transformed by the City of New York into a new 10-acre park, the first significant park on the Bronx bank of the Harlem River in decades. In addition to the new tennis center and adjacent clubhouse, Mill Pond Park features an outdoor classroom, beach area, picnic /barbeque area, waterfront views, a large sunken lawn space, sitting/viewing platforms, historical and way-finding signage, landscaping and an esplanade that unites the site.
The state-of-the art indoor seasonal “bubble” covering twelve tennis courts at the new Stadium Tennis Center is one of the largest tennis “bubbles” or domes of this type in the world, covering an area of over 4 million cubic feet and a footprint of more than 75,000 square feet. In addition, an adjacent planned clubhouse will be completed in the coming months and will feature a pro shop, café, locker rooms and lounge areas, wi-fi computer access, workspace where children can do schoolwork and read and a tennis library.
The new Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park offers a full complement of tennis programs for juniors and adults of all skill levels in partnership with Gotham Tennis Academy, a leader in developing and operating tennis programs in New York City and the Hamptons. Through its partnership with Gotham Tennis Academy, the new tennis center has established a team of topnotch, experienced tennis professionals and offers popular junior development and advanced training tennis programs including high performance elite training for ranked juniors. For adult players, fast-paced group clinics and cardiotennis workouts are offered daily, in addition to indoor seasonal court rentals, private lessons, game arranging, leagues and tournament play.
The Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park will host an "Open House" on April 16 and April 17 from 2 pm to 6 pm. The agenda for Saturday, April 16 will be geared toward junior players, while Sunday's agenda will focus more on adult players. Each session will feature free clinics and court time, fun-filled, tennis games and drills led by Gotham Tennis Academy tennis professionals. Prizes will be awarded for fun-filled competitions testing tennis skills, agility, footwork and match play. Players of all ages and levels are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.
The tennis center can be accessed easily by public transportation as it is located across the street from the 153rd Street Yankee Stadium MetroNorthHudson line train stop—just a short walk from either the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium or 149th Street-Grand Concourse subway stops on the No. 2,4, 5, 6, B or D subway lines. By car, the tennis center can be reached from Exit 4/5 on the Major Deegan Expressway (Interstate Route 87). The Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park also offers over 60 parking spaces for patrons’ use.
More information about Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park can be found at www.stadiumtennisnyc.com or by calling (718) 665-4684.
More information about Gotham Tennis Academy can be found at www.gothamtennis.com or by calling 646-292-3511.