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Rome to host 2017 ACC Tennis Championships

Posted October 4, 2016 by Georgia's Rome in Events, News, Sports
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Rome Tennis Center at Berry College

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the 2017 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships will be played at Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, GA,  April 25-30, 2017.

“We are excited to bring the ACC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. Our student-athletes have enjoyed playing in front of record crowds for their championship. This state-of-the-art facility, and the support of the Rome Sports Commission, will create a remarkable championship experience for all involved,” said Brandon Neff, ACC Assistant Commissioner for Championships.

A 2013 SPLOST project, Rome Tennis Center at Berry College is comprised of 60 USTA standard, asphalt tennis courts and includes six NCAA regulation courts, three center courts for tournament and collegiate play, a clubhouse with an expansive viewing porch, open green spaces, a family zone and more.  All courts have lighting and shade structures.

“To say we are ecstatic is an understatement. We have been cultivating our relationship with ACC for some time and recently made a presentation to the  ACC coaches and championship staff, to be considered a  Championship site  for 2018-2020,” said Ann Hortman, director of the Rome Sports Commission. “To have the opportunity to showcase our facility in 2017 is an added bonus.”

“The Rome, Georgia community and surrounding areas will be in for a treat as the best collegiate men’s and women’s tennis players in the nation compete for the 2017 ACC Tennis Crown,” said Tom Daglis, RTC executive director. “We invite the community to come out to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College and be a part of this fantastic athletic event.”

“Our community made a bold statement by choosing to invest in our future and building the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College on the promise that it would be an economic development tool for our city,” said Sammy Rich, Rome City Manager. Rich added that the announcement of the ACC tennis tournament represents the type and quality of tournaments that will showcase Rome as one of America’s great tennis towns.

“The ACC tennis championships will be an event like none other we have hosted,” adds Hortman. “Rome will once again, extend our renowned southern hospitality to the student-athletes, families and fans and nationwide with broadcast coverage on ACC Network Extra. We have a proven track record of focusing on the student-athlete experience and hosting the championships at the Rome Tennis Center seals the deal for a championship week to remember.  In addition to the natural beauty and charm of our community, our incredible partners and volunteers will be the secret to our success.”

Six days of competition will bring 13 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams from the 15 ACC schools; beginning with a practice day on April 25, competition runs from April 26-30, 2017. Ticket information and additional details, including volunteer opportunities, will be released as plans are finalized.

For more information contact Rome Sports Commission at 706-236-4550 or Rome Tennis Center at Berry College at 706-236-4487.

About the ACC:
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 64th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).

About Rome Sports Commission: Rome Sports Commission is a division of the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB), the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Georgia. The mission of the organization is to strengthen the economic prosperity of the community through tourism development while delivering unrivaled southern hospitality and providing the visitor a memorable experience.

About Rome Tennis Center at Berry College: Opened July 29, 2016, the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College is the nation’s largest single-surface facility boasting 60 courts across 30 acres. This city owned facility was built on property donated by Berry College and is located less than one mile from the main campus. The venue offers 52 USTA six NCAA regulation courts, 3 center courts for tournament and collegiate play, a clubhouse with an expansive viewing porch, open green space, a family zone and more. All courts have lighting and shade structures.

About Rome, Georgia: Situated in Northwest Georgia in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Rome is in the center of a triangle formed by the cities of Atlanta, Birmingham and Chattanooga. Rome and Floyd County’s population is 94,800, and serves as a regional center for a six county area of 355,000 people. Healthcare, education, manufacturing and tourism thrive in Rome and Floyd County. A wealth of rich culture, outdoor activities, a vibrant arts community and more make Rome a desirable destination.

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The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Ga. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic prosperity of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.

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