“I think with the revitalized structure, not only is it going to revitalize tennis here in Sudbury, but what we had today is a tournament from the Ontario Tennis Association, a sponsored tournament. We had families here from out of town, and in conversation with them, some of them have never been to Sudbury and they mentioned that they would be back,” said Ward 1 Coun. Joe Cimino.
The bubble, as many like to call it, took about a day and a half to inflate and has many new features that the old dome did not, like new lighting that will save costs on hydro, a new air conditioning unit and insulation so tennis can be run in the heat of the summer, and in the winter. Some of the longtime members notice the changes right away.
“I think the new look is great, it feels bigger than the old one, and we are looking forward to playing in an insulated dome in the winter time,” said Jim Smith, a member for more than 20 years.”
The decision was made to replace the old bubble simply because as structures grow older, they need to be updated.
“The infrastructure was fine, the problem was with everything that ages it needs replacement. The bubble was decades old, and we were able to continue here on the site, so I think it’s great for Sudbury,” said Cimino.
In Sudbury, it presents a unique opportunity as the only indoor tennis facility in Northern Ontario, something that the SITC hopes Sudburians take advantage of.
“Well it’s more comfortable, so that will attract more members and be more comfortable for our current members. There are memberships for everybody, and it’s a healthy activity,” said SITC president Janice Worms.