In April of 2019, Belmont University announced plans for a new garage to provide additional convenient parking on the south side of campus for Belmont’s students, employees and visitors. The new garage, which will offer 830 parking spaces and feature six NCAA Division I regulation tennis courts on the roof, will be located behind Belmont’s Troutt Theater and McAfee Concert Hall and across Compton Avenue from the planned Performing Arts Center. A surface parking lot is currently located on the site of the planned garage.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Beyond having beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities for academic and residential life, Belmont also seeks to provide ample on campus parking for our students, employees and visitors. This new garage will serve our campus and the broader community well, providing easy access to rehearsal, classroom and practice space in our theaters, concert hall and performing arts center. Plus, the building will serve double duty by bringing the Bruins’ tennis teams back home and allowing all of our students new opportunities for recreational play.”
Belmont’s tennis teams have rented the courts at Centennial Sportsplex for practices and matches for the past several years. Sportsplex is also the current home of the Ohio Valley Conference Tennis Championships. Upon the garage’s completion in January 2021, Belmont’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will be able to move back on campus, and the garage facility will also include space for team locker rooms and coaches offices. The tennis courts will be available for play by members of the campus community when not in use by the Belmont tennis teams.
Athletics Director Scott Corley added, “Bringing tennis courts back to campus is exciting news for our campus and tennis programs. The on-campus courts will be a tremendous benefit in recruiting and player development. It will also provide an opportunity for more faculty, staff and students to watch our players compete. I would like to thank Dr. Fisher and senior leadership for making this happen.”
The garage is being designed by ESa with construction by R.C. Mathews.