UVA Unveils $12M Squash Center

From Mitchell Brown
September 19, 2013 - 4:25pm

UVA Unveils $12M Squash Center - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and WeatherUniversity of Virginia squash players can now practice in new digs. UVA officially unveiled a $12 million squash center Thursday morning.The McArthur Squash Center at Boar's Head Sports Club has 11 squash courts. One of the courts is all glass so spectators can watch players from almost every angle."Just the general light and air and beauty of the building itself, I love it. Having worked in squash clubs they are typically 50 feet underground and feel like dungeons," said Mark Allen, Boar's Head Club's director of squash.Funds for the facility were donated in large part by a UVA graduate, Jaffray Woodriff. The McArthur Center is named after Woodriff's grandfather.The squash center will mark its debut with a Grand Opening Festival of Squash held September 19 through September 22. For the full schedule of events, read below.  University of Virginia Press ReleaseCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Sept. 16, 2013 — The University of Virginia will unveil its new world-class squash facility on Sept. 19, and the sport's elite ranks have begun lining up to offer their seals of approval.The $12.4 million McArthur Squash Center at the Boar's Head Sports Club opened its doors in April, but the 33,000-square-foot venue will mark its formal debut with a Grand Opening Festival of Squash, to be held Sept. 19 through 22. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and presentations by University officials and the center's primary donor, Jaffray Woodriff, will launch the festival.The event will include five simultaneous professional and amateur tournaments, highlighting the state-of-the-art facility's draw as both a spectator venue for elite-level competition and as a magnet for squash players of all levels.The squash facility is operated for U.Va. by the Boar's Head resort, a subsidiary of the University of Virginia Foundation."The McArthur Squash Center has clearly exceeded our expectations, in terms of its beauty and its function, its layout and how it's going to attract people to the game of squash," said Tim Rose, CEO of the University of Virginia Foundation. "I told my staff when they were working on it, ‘Many people will go through life and never have the opportunity to work on


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