When Baseline Tennis Center opened in 2002, the University of Minnesota expected it to generate rental revenue.
In the decade-plus since, the facility has far exceeded expectations.
The facility generated a total of about $595,000 in rental income for the University’s athletics department this fiscal year. That’s money beyond the revenue it brings in for hosting Gophers men’s and women’s tennis matches.
The University of Minnesota's tennis facility brought in about $595,000 in revenue last year.
The Gophers can’t seem to escape connections to athletics director Norwood Teague.
Minnesota’s men’s tennis team will face Virginia Commonwealth, Teague’s former school, in the first round of the NCAA tournament May 10. The Gophers lost 5-2 to the Rams in January, but they played much better in the second half of the season.
The women’s season ended in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
The Gophers men’s tennis team bounced back from one of its worst losses of the season during the weekend, and it might have earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in the process.
The Gophers beat Indiana 6-1 on Friday and beat Purdue 5-2 on Sunday. They’ve won seven of their past eight matches, and the only loss was a 7-0 defeat to conference juggernaut Ohio State last weekend.
Minnesota (11-9, 7-2 Big Ten) has two conference matches left before the postseason. It needs to finish above .500 to qualify for the NCAA tournament in a little more than a month.
Minnesota has dropped only two Big Ten matches all season.