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The Warsaw men’s tennis team cuts the ribbon in front of the school’s new tennis facility, located in the Tiger Athletic Complex.

Warsaw Community High School unveiled its brand new tennis courts at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, commemorating the year-and-a-half process of planning and building the brand new Tiger Athletic Complex facility.

The project cost just over $1 million and began in the spring of 2021 after the old tennis courts, which had been in use since the school opened, were deemed no longer suitable. to play.

“We had seen small cracks, wear and tear, but when we went to take a look before this spring season, those cracks looked like fault lines,” said Warsaw sporting director Matt Binkerd. “At that point we realized the cracks were rooted in the foundation of the ground, so we thought if we were going to do this, let’s do it right.”

After soil testing returned last spring, all approvals have been made to open the new fields, which are west of the soccer field and just south of the softball fields in the school’s sports complex. .

Construction began in the fall of 2021 and the project was completed in May, just after the end of the women’s tennis season. The courts have been used this summer for various youth camps and other activities, but were officially honored on Wednesday before Warsaw took on Huntington North as the courts’ first official game.

“Viewing and visibility for spectators is going to be wonderful, and our athletes have gotten used to playing on surfaces with cracks here and there,” Binkerd said. “They won’t have that problem anymore, and playing on a premium surface is something that I think the kids are going to be really excited about.”

The courts still have a few additions to put in place, namely bleachers, lampposts and windbreaks.

“To be able to do this required a combination of public and private funds. We had many generous donors in the community who wanted to remain anonymous but wanted to make sure our children had a first-class facility that will be here for a very long time,” said Warsaw Community Schools Superintendent David Hoffert. “We are very proud of our tennis teams and this facility, and to be able to provide this facility for many generations of athletes to come.”