South Carolina completed the Carolina Indoor Tennis Center, a 55,000-square-foot $7 million facility, prior to the 2021-22 season. A dedication for the center held in September 2021 honored the four named courts as well as the Arlo Elkins Lobby and the Kent DeMars Courts. Elkins and DeMars were legendary former coaches of the Gamecock women’s and men’s programs, respectively.
Built by Cohn Construction, the Carolina Indoor Tennis Center features six courts designed to look and play just like the teams’ outdoor courts. Custom lighting and a linear system provided by Sport Interiors matches those used by the USTA at its indoor facility in Lake Nona, Fla., and is designed to provide the best indoor playing experience possible. In addition to the main scoreboard in the center of the facility to track all courts, each court has its own individual scoreboard as well.
Each team has a locker room at the facility with a shared players’ lounge, including a kitchenette. The facility also has a sports medicine athletic training room for the teams to use. Mezzanine seating accommodates over 250 fans on eight 21-foot bleachers with three rows, including back rests on the third row.
Gamecock men’s and women’s tennis has priority access to Carolina Indoor Tennis Center year-round for practice, competition and camps. The only one of its kind in the Midlands, the facility is also available to others on a limited basis, including Cornerstone and Founding member donors, and through a partnership with USTA South Carolina.
- Opened: September 2021
- Size: 55,000 sqft