In Fall 2008, Long Beach State finished the on-campus Rhodes Tennis Center. The 12 courts complex is named for 49er tennis player and alum Terry Rhodes in appreciation for his $1.25 million gift/endowment to the women's tennis program.
Home to the nationally ranked 49er women's tennis program, the tennis center also hosts daily kinesiology/physical education courses, student intramural tennis, as well as, the Long Beach Open junior tournament each March and the Southern California Special Olympics each June.
The Rhodes Tennis Center is located in the SE corner of campus, next to Parking Lot 11 off Palo Verde Avenue and George Allen Field, and is immediately adjacent to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
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The Rhodes Tennis Center features:
12 regulation size hard courts
6 lighted courts
Grandstand seating for 500 (spread amongst four courts)
Direct access to each court via center walkway between courts
Unique to the Rhodes Tennis Center is the placement of the spectator grandstands and concourse inside of the courts rather than outside them. This design creates four feature courts rather than the traditional two end court design. Fans are never more than 60 feet from any of the six college match courts.
The Hendricks' Family Scoreboard electronically displays the score on the six collegiate matches using wireless controls from each court. Donated by the family of former 49er women's tennis coach Gloria Hendricks', the 19-foot high scoreboard is located on the north end of the spectator concourse above the tennis building and is visible throughout the spectator concourse.