The University of Michigan Athletic Department cordially invites you to become a member of the Varsity Tennis Center -- home of the Michigan Wolverines! Completed in 1997, the $6 million indoor and outdoor complex provides the U-M tennis programs with a state-of-the-art on-campus training and competition site that is an excellent recruiting tool, and a premier and nationally-competitive facility to nurture the Maize and Blue for decades to come.
The indoor facility -- named the Preston Robert Tisch Building after the late New York Giants owner and a prime contributor to the facility -- accommodates eight indoor courts. Each court is located 20 feet apart with 24 feet from baseline to curtain. The clean lines of the reflective ceiling and the uniformity of the lighting are textbook examples of indoor court lighting. Using 16 lights per court, the facility lighting produces an average of 165 foot-candles, more than average to host television coverage. These characteristics were key in earning the indoor courts the prestigious "Court of the Year Award" in 2000 presented by Tennis Industry magazine.
The outdoor facility is named after the late William Clay Ford, a Michigan alumnus and owner/president of the NFL's Detroit Lions, who helped begin the fundraising campaign for the facility with a $1 million donation. The outdoor facility consists of 12 championship caliber courts with seating for 600 spectators.
The facility has served as the host site for some of the most prestigious intercollegiate events, including the ITA National Indoor Championships (2003-04), the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional men's (2004-05) and women's (2000) championships, and the Big Ten Conference men's (1999 and 2009) and women's (2000 and 2011) championships.