ATLANTA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Atlanta Selects Atlantic Station As New Event Site
by Press Release
The Atlanta Tennis Championships announced Monday the signing of Atlantic Station as its tournament site under a multi-year partnership. The agreement brings the world’s top tennis players from the ATP World Tour to a central, high-traffic area of Atlanta. Next year’s tournament will run July 14-22 – the third year the event has been played in the Atlanta area – and is the opening event of the Olympus US Open Series season.
Located in the vibrant Midtown Atlanta corridor, Atlantic Station is the national model for smart growth and sustainable development. The thriving complex combines an attractive mix of affordable, middle-income and up-scale housing and commercial office space with world-class restaurants, theaters and retailers. The in-town setting framed by the Atlanta skyline will create one of the most unique and electrifying tournament settings in the history of the ATP World Tour.
To transform Atlantic Station into the Atlanta Tennis Championships site, a minimum of three competition and three practice tennis courts will be built on the 138-acre site. Central Park, located in the middle of Atlantic Station, will be the site of Center Court. A hard court will be laid down with two large grandstands on the sides built to accommodate more than 4,000 fans. Two other competition courts will be built only a block away adjacent to I-75 & I-85 within view of downtown Atlanta and with exposure to over 500,000 vehicles per day.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring the Atlanta Tennis Championships into the heart of the Midtown Atlanta,” said Bob Bryant, Tournament Director.
“Atlantic Station is the ultimate location that brings together a thriving entertaining city atmosphere with some of the world’s best tennis. Giving Atlantans an opportunity to experience 140-mph serves indicative of today’s powerful and athletic men’s game while also being able to see the city buildings and skyline is an awesome combination. We could not ask for better partners than the City of Atlanta and Atlantic Station”
“The Atlanta Tennis Championships have now come to the South’s premier city and I couldn’t be more pleased for the citizens of Atlanta and surrounding metro community,” Mayor Kasim Reed said. “Atlantic Station is a perfect location for this outstanding summer event and it provides access with convenient parking and nearby MARTA for the thousands of tennis players in our city. This event brings a significant economic impact to Midtown Atlanta and exciting entertainment for us all.”
“It is very exciting that the USTA and ATP chose Atlantic Station as the new site for the tournament and for years in the future,” said North American Properties Managing Partner Mark Toro. “Atlantic Station is a premier retail, residential, commercial and entertainment hub that will greatly benefit from this world class event as well as provide many options for fans and visitors. There’s ample parking on-site and the Arts Center Marta Station is nearby to give fans an additional transportation option. We look forward to hosting a truly exciting event that fans will look forward to every year.”
For more information about the event, please go to the official Atlanta Tennis Championships website here.