The leaders of Université Laval want to welcome the first users of the future tennis complex in 2025 or, at the latest, in 2026.
Presented in the March 2021 budget of the Minister of Finance, Eric Girard, the assistance of 20 million from the Quebec government, through an envelope of the Secretariat of the Capitale-Nationale, for the construction of a stadium tennis court including eight cutlery and others The outdoor pitches have been reconfirmed today at PEPS.
The other 20 million to complete the project, which will cost twice as much, will come from the University of Laval.
“We look forward to opening our doors in 2025 or 2026 at the latest,” said Julie Dionne, director of the Sports Activities Service (SAS) at the University of Laval. Will we make a two-level opening? It remains to be determined. The financial package is not complete, but we will opt for a self-financing model. Philanthropy and the naming of infrastructures are ways to consider. Today’s announcement keeps the project alive and puts pressure on us to deliver the merchandise. »
“Our facilities are aging and always full to the brim,” Dionne added. We wanted to ensure a lasting structure. If we had wanted a dome, it would have been done a long time ago. »
The exact location is yet to be determined and there are some options on the table. Technical limitations encourage
the University to evaluate some options.
The PEPS tennis center will have two parts. On the one hand, it will be the scene of national and international tournaments and, on the other, it will host regional clients.
“Quebec will be able to present tournaments of the kind we see in Granby and Gatineau and it will be a very important place for the development of tennis,” said Minister Girard. Quebeckers who play in the NCAA return home in the summer to participate in Tennis Canada events. Rouge et Or players can also train there. »
“It is also very important to democratize sport, to continue the Minister of Finance. In this sense, the National Center of Montreal welcomes the elite, but is also accessible to citizens every day. We look for the same in Quebec. »
It’s been a while
The same tennis fan, the Minister of Finance mentioned that the project of a tennis stadium in Quebec takes a long time in the letters.
“It simply came to our notice then [le 1er octobre 2018], approached our government, said whose family welcomed young people attending the National Center of Montreal. From our first economic update, the government’s contribution was expected. We realized that there was a lack of infrastructure for tennis in Quebec and we decided to move on. We wanted to democratize sport. »
The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Affairs and Minister responsible for the Capital
National Geneviève Guilbault abounded in the same direction.
“Demand was stronger than supply and we wanted the sport to be accessible,” he said. Costs are higher in a private club and prices will be more attractive. PEPS can offer summer camps and various activities. »
The rector of Laval University, Sophie D’Amours, was radiant.
“It’s a great gift for Laval University, the region and the youth,” he said. We want the center to be accessible. We hope to introduce the Center as soon as possible. I want to thank the promoters of the project, Louis Têtu and Louise Couture, who introduced us to the idea. »
While it is clear that PEPS wants to host future WTA or ATP tournaments and Challenger 125 events, Dionne says the new complex will not compete with the Montreal National Center.
“The best prospects will continue to go to Montreal,” he said. We are leading the project in close collaboration with Tennis Canada, especially in the technical aspects. »