Hope College tennis facility wins USTA honor


The Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts at Hope College features 12 courts, with an open-air player area below stadium-style seating. Photo via hope.edu

Hope College recently earned an impressive award from the United States Tennis Association for its $2.2-million tennis facility.

Hope College received an Outstanding Facility Award from USTA for the school’s Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts, which opened in June of last year.

The USTA honored Hope at its semi-annual meeting in New York, in the educational institution category.

The USTA also honored Hope College’s court as the Featured Green Facility of the Year.

The Outstand Facility award recognizes excellence in the construction or renovation of tennis facilities across the country.

Some of the criteria the USTA uses in judging the winning facilities include a court’s overall layout and its adaption to a site, surface and lighting, spectator seating, food services and social areas.

The facility

The Hope tennis facility features a dozen post-tensioned concrete courts, built in two sets of six courts each, as well as low fences that help with ball control and also allow for maximum viewing from stadium-style seating.

An open-air player area is situated below the stadium seating.

The facility also features benches, drinking fountains, water-filling stations and access to each court.

“Great tennis facilities like the Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts help us to grow the game at the grassroots levels, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, chief executive of community tennis for the USTA. “The Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts has embraced many of our tennis initiatives, especially 10- and-under tennis, introducing thousands of new players to the sport each year.”


The facility was designed by GMB Architecture + Engineering, and the firm shared in the association’s award. The firm operates offices in Grand Rapids, Holland and Indianapolis.

“It was a great process, from the initial planning stages to seeing it built to the highest-quality standards, to being honored by the USTA,” said Tim Gerrits, a landscape architect at GMB. “This project truly exemplifies all that goes into a first-class facility and is a great addition to Hope’s campus.”

“We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work alongside Hope College on this beautiful community facility,” added David Bolt, an architect at GMB. 

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