With a rich history, comprehensive programs, and committed leadership as our foundation, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is poised for a bright and exciting future. The Hall of Fame’s leadership has crafted a strategic plan that lays the groundwork for building a 21st century campus. A cohesive campus and world-class tennis facility will enhance the experience for visitors from around the world, as well as the local community.
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A major reinterpretation of the Museum collection and galleries will focus on the addition of interactive technology and greater use of video, allowing visitors to have access to an expanded variety of artifacts and information, from around the world, held in the Museum’s collection.
Highlights include an interactive display utilizing tablet technology in which visitors can scroll over artifacts, such as tennis racquets, to learn more about the evolution of tennis equipment; a photograph experience, using green screen technology, allowing visitors to go home with a photo of themselves holding a Grand Slam trophy at center court; a broadcast exhibit in which visitors can actually call a match; a life-like hologram featuring a great champion highlighting their career; and much more.
Our goal is to provide a memorable experience as visitors are exposed to the marvels of tennis over the years and the luminaries of the sport.
New Tennis and Squash Facilities
Three new, state-of-the-art indoor courts and the addition of three new indoor/outdoor courts will allow for more court time for players, expansion of tennis programming for youth and adults, and the opportunity for community outreach.
We also envision, through a separate $1.6 million fundraising effort, the addition of squash facilities consisting of three International singles courts and two North American doubles courts.
To complement these new courts, the plans include new men’s and women’s locker rooms, a fitness facility, expanded pro shop and a lounge/social space. Both the indoor and outdoor courts will also have enhanced viewing areas so that more people can enjoy watching the action on the courts.
Renovations to our center court stadium will include the addition of new stadium seating at the south end and the continuation of the roofline of the West Stands over to the North Stands, replacing the existing awning with a permanent roof. These improvements will drastically transform the viewing experience for thousands of fans during the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships each year and other events held on center court.
An enhanced entrance to the historic Casino Theatre through the creation of the Casino Theatre Plaza and Garden and the inclusion of 40+ parking spaces will provide a more welcoming and enjoyable experience for all visitors.
The successful acquisition of three adjacent properties has increased the Hall of Fame’s property to seven acres, positioning us to expand our footprint and add much needed resources and amenities for our visitors and the local community. It is of the highest priority to us that this expansion maintain the architectural integrity of our historic campus and enhance the Memorial Boulevard streetscape. Our expansion plans will carry through the beautiful shingle-style architecture from the Bellevue Avenue façade of the Newport Casino on to Memorial Boulevard.
The expansion is also designed with the intent of contributing significantly to the economic development of the neighborhood through the inclusion of additional retail and office space.
After a thorough review process of identifying the firms best suited to accomplish these goals, the architectural firm of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP (RAMSA) has been secured for the design of the project. An internationally recognized architecture firm with a deep respect for history and strong preservationist ethic, RAMSA possesses the necessary experience, expertise, and vision for the architectural design and urban planning of this project.