Sep 7, 2013
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State dedicated the new Mike Goss Tennis Stadium on Saturday morning, as the ribbon-cutting ceremony put an end to a five-year venture for K-State women’s tennis to the Wamego Recreation Complex to play its outdoor home matches.
The event for donors, project contributors and the general public featured comments from University Provost April Mason, Director of Athletics John Currie, contributor Mike Goss and K-State head women’s tennis coach Steve Bietau. The program also featured a first serve between Goss and two-time ITA All-American Petra Niedermayerova to christen the new venue.
Mike Goss Tennis Stadium recognizes and honors Goss for his generous gifts and support of K-State Athletics and Kansas State University. Goss is a 1981 graduate of Kansas State, earning an Economics degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and 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, 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, Rhode Island.
In addition to K-State Athletics, Mike and his wife, Becky, support many other areas of Kansas State University, 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.
Located at the new outdoor facility for the Chester E. Peters K-State Rec Center, Mike Goss Tennis Stadium is part of a $3 million renovation of the outdoor facilities through the collaborative agreement between Kansas 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.
K-State will host its first event, the K-State Fall Invitational, at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium on 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 Omaha. Friday’s action begins at 10 a.m., Saturday’s play starts at 9 a.m., and Sunday begins at 9 a.m.