Grand opening held for Tuscaloosa Tennis Center in Alberta City - FOX6 WBRC -


Dozens of people gathered for the dedication of the Emily Baker Tennis Indoor tennis facility and grand opening of the Tuscaloosa Tennis Center on Monday.

Supporters think it will play a big role in helping the surrounding community continue recover from the April 27 tornado.

Kids from the Alberta community tried out the indoor courts before the ceremony kicked off. There are three indoor courts and six outdoor courts. Supporters believe they can host tournaments that will bring thousands of tennis players to Tuscaloosa.

The tennis center is about a mile from the University of Alabama tennis facility and is in Tuscaloosa City Councilman Kip Tyner's district. He says that both facilities could be used to lure big tournaments to Tuscaloosa now.

According to Tyner, most of those tournaments want hotels close to the tennis facilities. He said there have already been conversations with one hotel chain and two restaurants about coming in Alberta because of the tennis facility.

"I do believe that with this tennis facility, we're going to see restaurants, we're going to see hotels. We're going to see other things that we've been looking for, for many years come to Alberta. I feel like this is going to make Alberta a place of distinction once again," said Councilman Tyner.

The city gave $2 million and the county provided $1 million as part of a public private partnership. Tyner and Mayor Walt Maddox consider it money well spent if encourages more economic development in Alberta.

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