QUEBEC, June 6, 2022 / CNW Telbec / – The Quebec government is providing $ 20 million to Laval University to build a tennis center that will host national and international competitions while being open to the public. This envelope comes from the Capitale-Nationale Secretariat.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Public Security and Minister for the Capitale-Nationaleyes Geneviève Guilbault, Finance Minister Eric Girard, as well as the Rector of the University LavalMyes Sophie D’Amours announced it.
The aim of this project is to provide the campus and the region with facilities that will support and promote the performance of community sports, develop our young athletes, promote top sports and organize renowned sports events. The project involves the construction of outdoor courts to organize ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) or WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) competitions and indoor courts in order to significantly increase not only the regional capacity but also the accessibility of this popular sport.
“The creation of a tennis center of this scale will allow Quebec to play on several fronts: increasing the availability of this sport, which is becoming more and more popular among Quebecs, will help train the next generation and organize sports events of international caliber. In addition to creating significant economic by-products, these new facilities will offer our Capitale-Nationale another opportunity to shine around the world. »
Ms Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Public Security and Minister with responsibility for the Capitale-Nationale Region
“As a tennis player and finance minister, I am extremely excited about this project, which, in addition to supporting physical activity, will make it easier for young people and anyone who wants to learn the sport and be inspired by our Quebec athletes. It is a great sense of collective pride that will be the result of this promising initiative for Quebec. »
Eric GirardMinister of Finance
“This investment will breathe new life into the sport that many players want. Amateurs, as well as our top athletes, will be able to take advantage of unrivaled opportunities. I am already looking forward to organizing competitions of international caliber here at the University of Laval. »
Joëlle Boutin, MNA for Jean-Talon and Vice-Chair of the Spatial Planning Commission
“PEPS plays a central role in the development of athletes in the region and in the active lives of the people of Quebec. We are very proud to be able to offer high quality sports facilities to the team and the entire Capitale-Nationale community. In recent years, there has been a growing demand for tennis courts that can host high quality competitions. The new tennis courts, accessible to PEPS for both student students and tennis fans, will support the development of talent among our young people and the influence of the university. Laval and the city of Quebec. I can’t wait to enjoy it! »
Sophie D’Amours, rector of the university Laval
The most important:
- Estimated project construction costs: $ 40 million
- Financial arrangement:
- Capitale-Nationale Secretariat: $ 20 million
- Laval University: working on a self-financed project for another $ 20 million.
- The official opening is scheduled for 2026.
- The project is currently under construction.
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RESOURCE Office of the Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region
Other information: Source: Louis-Julien Dufresne, Press Attaché, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Public Security and Minister for the Capitale-Nationale Region, 514 560-0244; Information: Media Relations, Directorate of Communications, Ministry of Public Security, 418 646-6777, branch 30274, [email protected]