On This Day in IUPUI History: May 26, 1978

May 26, 1978. 

On this day, the State Budget Agency approved the plan advanced by IUPUI leadership to lease university land to allow the construction a tennis stadium complex south of the (then) Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis building. Work on the $7 million Indianapolis Tennis Center commenced shortly thereafter. The Tennis Center included a large "center-court" stadium seating about 10,000 spectators, as well as smaller stadia next to it. The immediate object was to create a facility to accommodate the United States Clay Courts Championships, a major tennis event.

The project was part of IUPUI's contribution to the city leaders' efforts to build up Indianapolis as a sports destination. The Tennis Center opened in August 1979 to host the Clay Courts tournament, and in following years was the scene of many top-flight professional tournaments. The 1987 Pan-American Games tennis competition took place there. IUPUI tennis teams practiced and played in the Center as well. Later, an indoor facility was added. 

In following years, the professional tennis tour dropped its Indianapolis tour stop. Campus leaders tore down the facility in 2010.

Site preparation for Tennis Center south of School of Law building, 1978 UA24-003878

To learn more about the built environment of IUPUI, see records in the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives. Contact staff at speccoll@iupui.edu.


Updated May 26, 2019 by Editor Name Missing