An vital tennis advanced at Laval College

The leaders of the Université Laval want to welcome the first users of the future tennis complex in 2025 or at the latest in 2026.

Finance Minister Eric Girard’s budget for 2021 presented 20 million aid from the Quebec government through an envelope from the Capitale-Nationale Secretariat to build a tennis stadium, including eight indoor and so many outdoor courts, were reaffirmed at PEPS today.

Another 20 million to complete the project, which will cost twice as much, will come from Laval University.

“We hope to open our gates in 2025 or 2026 at the latest,” said Julie Dionne, director of the Sports Activities Service (SAS) at Laval University. Shall we do a two-level opening? That has yet to be determined. The financial package is not complete, but we are betting on a self-financing model. The methods considered are philanthropy and infrastructure naming. Today’s announcement keeps the project alive and pressures us to deliver the goods. »

“Our facilities are aging and always full,” Dionne added. We wanted to ensure a permanent structure. If we wanted a dome, it would have been done a long time ago. »

The exact location has not yet been determined and there are several options on the table. Technical limitations support
university to evaluate some options.

Democratize sport

The PEPS tennis center will have two parts. On the one hand, it will be the venue for national and international tournaments, and on the other, it will welcome regional customers.

“Quebec will be able to present tournaments of the kind we see in Granby and Gatineau, and it will be an extremely important place for the development of tennis,” said Minister Girard. NCAA-playing Quebecs are returning home this summer to attend Tennis Canada. Rouge and Or players can also train there. »

“It is also very important to democratize sport, continue the Minister of Finance. The National Center in Montreal welcomes the elite in this regard, but it is also accessible to citizens on a daily basis. We are looking for the same in Quebec. »

Long planned

The finance minister himself, a tennis fan, mentioned that the project of a tennis stadium in Quebec has been on the cards for a long time.

“Six weeks after taking power [le 1er octobre 2018], addressed our government, said the one whose family hosted young people who visited the National Center in Montreal. The government’s contribution has been expected since our first economic update. We realized that there was a lack of tennis infrastructure in Quebec and we decided to continue. We had a desire to democratize sport. »

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Public Affairs and Minister with responsibility for the capital
The national Geneviève Guilbault flowed in the same direction.

“Demand was stronger than supply and we wanted the sport to be available,” she said. In a private club, the costs are higher and the prices will be more attractive. PEPS offers summer camps and various activities. »

Laval University Rector Sophie D’Amours shone.

“It’s a great gift for Université Laval, the region and young people,” she said. We want the center to be accessible. We hope to introduce the center as soon as possible. I would like to thank the project initiators, Louis Têtu and Louise Couture, who introduced this idea to us. »

Although it is clear that PEPS wants to organize WTA or ATP tournaments and Challenger 125 events in the future, Dionne assures that the new complex will not compete with the Montreal National Center.

“The best prospects will continue in Montreal,” she said. We are leading the project in close cooperation with Tennis Canada, especially from a technical point of view. »

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