Kansas State will dedicate the new Mike Goss Tennis Stadium at 11 a.m. Saturday in an on-court ceremony that will be open to the public in addition to being broadcast live on K-StateHD.TV.
The event for donors, project contributors and the general public will feature K-State provost April Mason, athletic director John Currie, contributor Mike Goss, as well as head tennis coach Steve Bietau. Guests will be able to tour the facility following the dedication ceremony, which will include remarks from special guests as well as a ribbon cutting and a ceremonial first serve. The general public is asked to sit in the bleachers on the south side.
Mike Goss Tennis Stadium recognizes and honors Goss for his generous gifts and support of K-State athletics and K-State. Goss is a 1981 graduate of K-State, earning an Economics degree. He was a member of the varsity men’s tennis team from 1978-81. Goss is a managing director for Bain Capital LLC in New York. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennis Channel, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to tennis, and is also on the executive committee for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.
In addition to K-State athletics, Mike and his wife, Becky, support many other areas of K-State, including scholarships and study abroad opportunities. Mike also serves as a trustee of the KSU Foundation and is currently a member of the board of directors.
“We are excited to dedicate this first-class facility,” Currie said in a press release. “Our tennis program has had to play its home matches 15 miles from campus in Wamego for the past five years due to our pre-existing facility not meeting Big 12 and NCAA standards for play. Not only is the stadium an important step in our $125 million in comprehensive facility improvements, but also demonstrates our commitment to a world-class student-athlete experience for all 16 of our sports. The entire K-State student population will benefit greatly from this recreation complex.”
Located at the new outdoor facility for the Chester E. Peters K-State Rec Center, the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium is part of a $3 million renovation of the outdoor facilities through the collaborative agreement between K-State athletics, the K-State SGA and the K-State Student Rec Center.
The stadium features six outdoor courts, with purple playing surfaces and Powercats dividing the courts. The courts also feature a Musco lighting system, steel benches with K-State welded into the back rests and metal bleachers on the south side of the court with room to accommodate 400 fans.
In addition to the six new tennis courts, the renovated complex features three outdoor basketball courts and two sand volleyball courts. Future phases of the project will include a locker room space for the K-State tennis team, a scoreboard for K-State tennis matches, public restroom, an outdoor equipment rental area and two handball/racquetball courts.
“This is will be a great day for our program,” Bietau said about Saturday’s ribbon cutting. “I am so grateful for the efforts of our administration and of course to Mike Goss, for his tremendous support. Being able to share this day with so many K-State tennis alums is an even greater pleasure. It has been a long time coming, but this beautiful facility sure makes the wait worthwhile and will give us true home court advantage. This is truly a facility that our team, our fans, K-State students, and K-Staters everywhere can be proud of.”
K-State will host its first event, the K-State Fall Invitational, at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium Sept. 20-22. The event will be free and open to the public. Teams competing in the K-State Fall Invitational in the flighted round-robin format will be Wichita State, UMKC and Nebraska-Omaha. Friday’s action begins at 10 a.m., Saturday’s play starts at 9 a.m. and play Sunday begins at 9 a.m.