Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex
The Gator men’s tennis program has always been the benefactor of one of the nation’s top tennis facilities. With the generosity of several donors, the Florida tennis programs have one of the top facilities in the nation.
In 1999, thanks to the generous contributions of Dr. Alfred A. Ring, the entire facility underwent a complete facelift that has turned it into one that is unlike any other in the country. Ring has made substantial contributions over the years to bring the complex to its current elite status, funding several major projects.
The most recent project was completed thanks to Nancy Perry, who contributed funds to build the Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Indoor Facility, which opened at the end of 2012. The 22,800-square foot facility is ventilated and features three courts, state-of-the-art surfacing and lighting and a small area for a fans to watch if matches get moved indoors.
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex was completed in 1999 following a $1.7 million renovation project. The focal point of the project was a new building adjacent to the courts that serves as home to the men’s and women’s teams.
The main building of the complex encompasses 5,620 square feet and includes coaches’ offices for the men’s and women’s teams, as well as a training room and locker rooms for both players and coaches. There is also a conference room, as well as a reception area and a 3,000-square-foot courtyard. The complex has a locker room for opposing teams, bringing the total building areas to 7,163 square feet.
The complex features a 1,000-seat grandstand overlooking six main lighted courts, in addition to six back courts. With the addition of the three indoor courts, Florida has a total of 15 regulation courts. The outdoor courts, which were resurfaced in the summer of 2006, are made of a blue hard court surface similar to the type of court found at the U.S. Open.
The grandstand includes a two-level, 12-seat press box and features electronic scoreboards over each of the six courts, providing continuous scoring updates on all six grandstand courts. Concessions and restrooms are conveniently located beneath the grandstand. Palm trees and a lush green landscape surrounding the attractive complex easily make it one of the most inviting tennis environments for both the spectator and the competitor.
The NCAA selected the University of Florida as the host for the 1989, 1990, 1993, 1999 and 2003 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships. The facility has played host to the NCAA Women’s First & Second Round sub-regional each year since 1999, when the tournament field was expanded to 64 teams. Florida also played host to the NCAA Region III Qualifying Tournament in both 1995 and 1997, as well as men’s and women’s regionals 1999-2005 and 2008-2011 as well as the 2006 and 2007 women’s regional. The Gators also hosted the 2011 Men's Tennis SEC Tournament, which Florida won by winning four matches in four days on its home courts.
The courts have also seen some of the state’s premier prep talent, as the University of Florida and Gainesville have frequently served as hosts for the Florida State High School Championships. Competition continues at the complex through the summer months with sessions of the Gator Tennis Camp, which attracts some of the top young talent in the region to Gainesville.
Did You Know?
The Ring Complex Project won the Silver Award in the 1999 City of Gainesville Beautification Awards in the Institutional Category. Competition was sponsored by the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Division.
Dozens of championship trophies line the hallway of the main building.