The United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section plans to build its new headquarters and tennis facility at Innovation Park, Prince William County announced in a news release Wednesday.
USTA Mid-Atlantic is planning to build its new facility, which will include a full-service tennis center and office headquarters, on 46 acres at 8995 Ellsworth Ave., according to the news release. The new facility will be built in phases and is planned to be complete in December 2021.
“USTA Mid-Atlantic is excited by the possibilities ahead to provide a positive impact through tennis and contribute to creating a vibrant destination in Prince William County for sports and wellness,” Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro, chief executive officer of USTA Mid-Atlantic, said in a statement. “This is a significant milestone for tennis in the Mid-Atlantic and we look forward to supporting more local players, introducing the game to all ages, abilities and backgrounds and the opportunity to inspire the next generation of tennis players in the region.”
The $15 million project will create 42 full-time jobs with an average salary of $68,250, according to the news release.
“We’re delighted the USTA Mid-Atlantic has chosen Prince William County to be the home of its brand new state-of-the-art recreation facility,” Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, R-At Large, said in a statement.
“This is a great opportunity, in that it provides not only a new tourism recreation destination for all our residents, but across the greater Washington metropolitan area, as well as ... our region with educational and competitive sporting opportunities, while enhancing the wide array of recreational pursuits already offered throughout Prince William County.”
The board of supervisors approved an agreement between USTA Mid-Atlantic and the Industrial Development Authority of Prince William County and approved a $100,000 Economic Development Opportunity Fund grant to the USTA MAS as an incentive for the project, according to the news release.
“The Brentsville District is excited to welcome the USTA Mid-Atlantic to Prince William County,” Brentsville District Supervisor Jeanine Lawson (R) said in a statement. “The addition of headquarters for the Mid-Atlantic tennis complex to Innovation Park is sure to spark the interest of the local community and visitors as Innovation Park grows and becomes more diverse.”
The new facility will join George Mason University’s Prince William campus, the Hylton Performing Arts Center, Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Farm Brew Live and more at Innovation Park.
USTA Mid-Atlantic expect that more than 300,000 people will visit the facility each year, and it plans to host USTA programs, tournaments, recreational and public tennis play and special events there.
Additional activities will be held in conjunction with the Freedom Aquatics and Fitness Center, George Mason University’s School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, the College of Health and Human Services, the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department and Prince William County schools.
The USTA Mid-Atlantic Section, one of 17 sections of the United States Tennis Association, is nonprofit organization “committed to promote and develop the growth of tennis,” the group said in a news release.