Track & Tennis
Location: 100 Ashford St.
Seating Capacity: 1,500 fixed seats; 4,800 maximum capacity; 16 ADA wheelchair spaces and companion seating
TTC Information: 617-358-3136
Life was breathed into the Boston University Track and Tennis Center on December 6, 2002, when the Terriers' women's track team opened the 2002-03 Indoor Track season with a second-place finish in a six-team invitational inside the 83,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. Two months later, on February 9, the women's tennis team played the first varsity tennis match in the TTC, a 4-3 victory over Cornell, to open the spring portion of its schedule.
The Track and Tennis Center, or TTC, was completed in the winter of 2002 as part of the $200-million multiphase John Hancock Student Village project. In addition to acting as home to the Terriers' men's and women's track and tennis teams, the air-conditioned facility is designed to accommodate national competitions, athletic events, a variety of health and fitness activities and University functions. In its brief history, the TTC has served as an annual host to the America East Indoor Track Championships, the New England Championships, and the IC4A's.
Prior to moving to the TTC, the men's and women's tennis teams played their home matches on the Case Gym outdoor courts.
The TTC replaced the Commonwealth Armory, which served as home to the indoor track teams since 1979. Using ideas from Harvard's track center and the Reggie Lewis Center, head men's track coach Pete Schuder and head cross country coach Bruce Lehane worked with architects during the design-phase of the TTC in order to create such an innovative facility.
- 200 meter fixed bank oval track that is similar to the highly regarded Armory track:
- Tuned interface between structure and deck that provides greater rebound
- Rekortan surface -- one of the finest track surface materials available
- Six lanes with staggered waterfall starts to accommodate additional runners for longer distances
- 18.5 degree banking designed so that runners are swept into the bank quickly to maintain rhythm through the turns
- Single lane flat warm-up loop around the outside perimeter of oval with the same tuned interface between structure and deck
- Eight 60-meter spring/hurdle lanes with Martin Versaturf 360 surface material
- Long/triple jump runway with tuned interface structure with Rekortan surface
- Pole vault runway and plant box
- High jump can be accommodated anywhere on the 27,700 square foot infield
- Specially designed throwing cage and ring for the shot put and hammer throw
- Four full doubles tennis courts located on infield separated with motorized netting
- Lynx timing system
- Daktronics track and field scoreboard with multiple control points
- Central loudspeaker cluster with delay loudspeakers provide even coverage for spectator seating
- Automatic mixer system with microphone inputs and remote volume controls
- Portable roll-around cart for use at each scoreboard control location with CD/audio cassette deck and hand-held wireless microphone system
- Audio signals provided for event recording and press feeds to an outside broadcast truck
- Paging system -- FM hearing assistance feeds for assistive listening system
- Men's and women's visiting lockers with shower facilities
- Men's and women's public toilets located on east and west side of facility
- Equipped with mirrored walls and Mondo sport impact flooring
- Equipped with tiled hydro-tub, taping and rehab tables
- Three ticket windows located at main entrance on 100 Ashford Street
- Adjacent parking lot on Babcock Street can accommodate up to 300 cars for special events, subject to availability
- Receiving area has curb cuts, overhead door, and ramp [10' wide x 13' high]