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Tennis Center with Rendering of Indoor Courts

COURTING SUCCESS: An aerial view of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. A rendering of the new indoor courts now under construction can be seen at the top of the photo.

In the winter issue of Berry magazine, we reported that a best-in-class branded hotel would soon rise on Berry-owned property adjacent to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. College leaders and Marriott International have now confirmed that construction on a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott will begin next fall, with completion expected in 2021. The 100-room hotel will be managed by Atlanta-based Hotel Equities.

“Based upon our market analysis of room demand in Rome, plus the demand of tennis center and college events, there is a clear need for a hotel in this area,” said President Steve Briggs. “And in keeping with Berry’s mission, there will be numerous job opportunities for students, from front desk and reception to the service areas.”

Read more about the planned hotel.

This news comes on the heels of the City of Rome’s decision earlier this year to move forward with plans for six indoor courts at the center, which is already one of the largest facilities of its type in the United States. The availability of indoor courts will make the facility even more competitive when bidding for major national events such as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Championships, which will return to Rome in 2020 and 2021.

The center, a public-private partnership between Berry and other entities, has hosted thousands of players and spectators for local, state, regional, national and international events since opening in 2016 as a 60-court facility on 30 acres of Berry-donated property adjacent to Mount Berry Mall. It is also home to Berry’s intercollegiate tennis teams and has played host to Georgia High School Association state championship matches.

This fall, it was one of the few complexes nationally to earn United States Tennis Association recognition as an “Outstanding Tennis Facility.”

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Sydney Weaver (17C)

Sydney Weaver (17C)

Genesis Leggett throws the shot put

Freshman Genesis Leggett throws the shot put for Berry during the SAA championships at Valhalla.

Sydney Weaver (17C) made history this spring as the first Berry student-athlete to compete in the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships, finishing seventh overall. The first-team All-American has taken her last swing for Berry, but she’ll continue to serve the program as a graduate assistant.

Weaver’s success was one of many athletic highlights for Berry this spring. Others included a No. 5 national finish and All-America recognition for men’s golfer Ryan Elmore (17C); national equestrian crowns for sophomores Allie Robertson and Emily Lambert; Berry’s first All-American in men’s lacrosse; two conference championships for Southern Athletic Association Women’s Field Athlete of the Year Genesis Leggett; and numerous regional and national honors for Berry’s record-breaking softball team.

Berry facilities were also on display, with Valhalla hosting Georgia High School Association state championships and the SAA track and field championships, the newly-christened Kay Williams Field hosting an NCAA Division III softball regional, and the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College welcoming the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference championships.

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Rome Tennis Center at Berry CollegeThe Rome Tennis Center at Berry College has been open just three months, but already the country’s largest single-surface tennis facility has attracted its first major collegiate tournament. It was announced in early October that the Atlantic Coast Conference will hold its 2017 men’s and women’s championships at the 60-court facility, prompting the local media to hail the foresight of those responsible for the project, a public-private partnership located on Berry-donated land adjacent to Mount Berry Mall. More coverage.

Image courtesy of Greater Rome CVB

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A dream several years in the making became a reality this summer with the grand opening of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. Currently the largest single-surface tennis center in the United States, the 60-court facility is located on Berry-donated property just north of Mount Berry Mall.

“Less than a handful of communities in the entire country come close to matching what you have here,” United States Tennis Association Executive Director Gordon Smith praised at the July opening. “You should all give yourselves a round of applause.”

The center is already proving to be a draw for players from throughout the Southeast, hosting four major tournaments and more than 1,600 participants in its first few weeks alone. Two other major events are scheduled this fall, with many more to follow in 2017 and beyond.

The new center was funded by a voter-approved special purpose sales tax as part of a public-private partnership expected to provide a major boost to the local economy while also opening the door to new work and learning opportunities for Berry students. The community partnership has allowed the Work Experience Program’s community and industry initiative to expand into the tennis world. The center also provides opportunities for students to pursue certification in Professional Tennis Management. Berry is one of a handful of colleges and universities nationwide to offer such a certification program.

“We want to create great experiences for our students,” said President Steve Briggs. “We want them to be ready for life and to understand what it means to put on great events and to serve other people’s needs. Students are attracted to Berry because they have the opportunity to participate in something like this.”

Additional coverage: Grand opening photo gallery, Good Day Atlanta

Public Relations Student Assistant Alexi Bell contributed to this story.

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