Gators Unveil Upgrades At Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex
“We are pleased that Florida tennis fans will now be able to watch our championship tennis teams in an upgraded setting, complete with a shade structure overhead,” Scott Stricklin said. “We remain thankful to the Ring Family, the Gators Men’s Tennis Boosters, and multiple individual donors for their continued support to enhance our tennis facilities over the years. We are fortunate to have loyal and generous fans who support our program and our student-athletes.”The project, which began in October 2021, saw a new shade structure added to the grandstand, in addition to the bleacher seating being replaced with chair backs to provide comfort for all dedicated Gators tennis fans.
“We are excited about the enhancements we have coming to our stadium,” Gators head men’s tennis coach Bryan Shelton said. “The shade structure and beautiful seatbacks will make our fan experience better than ever.
“We appreciate those donors who have committed to helping us with this endeavor,” Shelton added. “We also are thankful to our administration for finding ways to constantly improve our facility. The support we have here at the University of Florida is very special and we can’t wait for this upcoming season where we can compete in front of our spirited fans.”
Florida Athletics has invested $292 million in facility upgrades over the last six years, while Gator Boosters, Inc., the fundraising arm of the athletic department, has raised $148 million during that time.
While work on these projects begins, the UAA is looking ahead to components of Phase 4 of the Facilities Master Plan and beyond, including upgrades to the following facilities: swimming and diving, the Lemerand Center – which will impact volleyball and men’s and women’s track and field – the basketball practice facility and a significant renovation and upgrade of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
“Florida’s donor support has always been second to none,” head women’s tennis coach Roland Thornqvist said. “People want to support our athletic department because of the excellence it represents. We are always grateful for all this support and are really looking forward to the upgrades it allows. Our goal is to be in the top tier of athletic facilities and are thrilled to begin this quest.”