When it comes to facilities, the University of Georgia tennis program has the best to offer in the country. Often described as the finest collegiate tennis complex in the nation by visiting coaches, the Georgia tennis teams have used the high-class facilities of the Dan Magill Tennis Complex to produce high class programs for over 40 years.
The first tennis courts on campus were located east of The Arch alongside Broad Street at the turn of the century. In the 1930s and 1940s, there were six red clay courts in front of LeConte Hall, where the Journalism-Psychology complex now sits.
The Bulldogs moved to their present location in the spring of 1958 when six rubico (dirt) courts were constructed. In 1968 for the first time in history, Georgia changed to a hard surface as the courts were converted to Grass-tex.
In 1977, the current Henry Feild Stadium was built and it has been the host of 24 of the past 28 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships. The seating capacity for Henry Feild Stadium is 4,500. The facility is named for the late Henry Feild, the Bulldogs’ No. 1 player in 1964-65-66. Feild died in an automobile accident in January of 1968. At the 1993 NCAA Men’s Championships, the entire tennis facility was named The Dan Magill Tennis Complex for the legendary Georgia coach.
In 1980, thanks to the generosity of alumnus Lindsey Hopkins, Jr., Georgia’s indoor facility was built. The indoor facility houses four courts and has more than 1,200 available seats. In 1984, the Joe Heldmann Pavilion was constructed along with the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.
In 1986, the Mid-Court grandstand was added, and in 1987, the tournament headquarters was built. A locker room and press room were added in 1987 and a year later, an electronic scoreboard was added for the stadium. In 1989, a restaurant pavilion was constructed.
Actress Kim Basinger, an Athens native, was largely responsible for one of the most recent improvements as her generosity led to the addition of lights to Henry Feild Stadium in 1991. A new press box was added to the stadium complex in 1992. The 1994 addition was a newly renovated pavilion area adjacent to court one in the stadium.
In 1994, Georgia played host to the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships and the Bulldogs delighted the home crowd by winning their first NCAA team title. Georgia beat Stanford 5-4 in the final before 3,117 fans. This season, the nation’s top women’s teams will return to Athens to decide the NCAA championships.
Building for Champions
A $7.5 million development project that began in the summer of 2002 has been completed. The new state-of-the-art facility preserves and enhances the original character of the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The facility includes an upscale locker room, a study/players’ lounge, coaches’ offices, a reception area, a team meeting room. The men’s facility occupies the space where the previous clubhouse stood, while the women’s facility is now between the courts at Henry Feild Stadium and the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility.
• In addition, a new second level creates an upper pavilion which accommodates tables and a serving area behind VIP seats.
• The project also included renovations to the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Facility.
Gated entrance to the new tennis clubhouse area