The Capital Campaign Committee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame is thrilled to announce that fundraising on the Match Point Capital Campaign has now exceeded its $15 million goal.
The Match Point Capital Campaign set out to raise funds for four specific goals that would significantly improve the Hall of Fame's programming and facilities. Construction on these projects will be completed in the coming months, with the entire project set be completed and dedicated in May 2016.
The Match Point Capital Campaign Committee ultimately achieved its goal through securing a broad mix of support from more than 120 generous contributors, including board members, Hall of Famers, tennis industry organizations, Newport-based foundations, Newport citizens, and tennis enthusiasts around the world.
"Three years ago we embarked on the largest capital campaign in International Tennis Hall of Fame history. After three years of hard work by the Capital Campaign Committee and especially by Chairman Ed Woolard, I'm very pleased to announce that the campaign has exceeded its goal and, in fact, construction on the improvement projects that will result from the campaign is already more than 70 percent complete,"
-International Tennis Hall of Fame Chairman, Christopher Clouser
In May of this year, the Hall of Fame opened a completely new museum as a result of the capital campaign. The new museum exhibits a modern design and a much more engaging experience for tennis fans, thanks to the inclusion of state-of-the-art technology including the hologram of Roger Federer.
The museum collection has been completely reinterpreted and all of the galleries have been redesigned to deliver an entirely new, engaging experience for visitors. The intent of the new museum is to draw visitors into the content through interactive exhibits and a cohesive narrative of tennis history as told through the lives and careers of the 243 Hall of Famers who built the sport.
Since May 2014, construction has been underway on another major component of the campaign - a new three-court indoor tennis facility, as well as the addition of three outdoor courts with a seasonal bubble for year-round use. The courts are adjacent to a significant new building that will house the tennis club locker rooms, a fitness center, retail space, and office space for the Hall of Fame staff. The buildings total 36,000 square feet and were designed in a manner that complements the historic architecture of the existing Hall of Fame buildings and significantly enhances the surrounding neighborhood.
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.
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