2014 Host Site?

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  1. ChipNCharge

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    Has it been announced yet who will host the 2014 D1 NCAA championships? I believe this year it's Stanford, next year it's UGA, and then it's Illinois in 2013.
     
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    That would suck. Illinois has NO webcam.
     
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  3. IlliniSky

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    I've heard they have plans to put it in. I think it was part of the agreement when Illinois was chosen.
     
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  4. bluetrain4

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    I think it's great that Illinois is hosting and very excited since I live only 1 hour and 20 minutes away in Springfield.

    But, when I visited Atkins (or more appropriately, the Khan (Kahn?) Tennis Complex) to see the new facility, I was surprised at how non-great it was. The eight existing outdoor Atkins courts are very good, but I'm assuming that the majority of the play will occurr on the 12 new Khan courts.

    In all fairness when I visited last summer, the courts hadn't been finished that long. Nonetheless, three things stood out:

    (1) at that time, the courts seemed poorly engineered (at U of I of all places) and the slope towards the center was very visble. Yes, I know most courts are slightly sloped or bowed to aid in drainage, but this really seemed like too much.

    (2) Lack of permanent seating. I though they'd put in a more subsantial grandstand behind the courts for viewing. The indiviudal, smaller concrete stands, while fine for most dual matches and smaller tournaments, don't befit an event as big as the NCAAs. Of course, it doesn't take very long to put in permanent or temporary seating, so this very well may change by 2013.

    (3) Courts in a field. I was there on a hot, muggy July day. Since I went to law school about one-half mile away from Atkins (Kahn hadn't been built yet) I am very familiar with the facility and the surrounding land. But, it still struck me how exposed the courts are, sitting out exposed to the sun with zero trees or other plants surrounding the courts. Granted, many players don't like overhanging trees since it causes shadows and split-courts, but it would be nice maybe to at least have a few set far enough back so there would be some shade at the very back of the court to which players could retreat, or at least some shade over the spectators (but, then again that could be solved with awnings or other covers).

    I really want Illinois to be a great host so the NCAAs come back. I'm sure improvements will be made in the two years leading up to the championships.

    I also wonder about the weather. Anyone who lives in central Illinois knows that basically any weather scenario could happen at the time the NCAAs take place - light persistent rain and temps in the high 40s and 50s; 90s and humid; extreme thunderstorms; tornados; beautiful 75 degrees and sunny; WINDY, WINDY, WINDY no matter what the temp; and every possible combination of weather, sometimes changing drastically within hours.

    Let's hope for the best. At least Atkins Indoor is right there if they need indoor courts. And, I'd assume they'd have the 5-court Champaign Park District indoor facility on standby.
     
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  5. Clemson_tennis

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    They should do it at Texas A&M again. They provided great online coverage
     
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  6. bluetrain4

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    Has anyone else seen the Illinois courts in person. Are my concerns unfounded?
     
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  7. kme5150

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    Has anybody heard anything about where it will be hosted in 2014?
     
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  8. Satsuma Illini

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    To be honest, my expectations are low. They may make some improvements during the next year and put in cam and stuff but this is the first time Illinois will be hosting so it would be hard to do any better than Stanford, Georgia or Texas A&M. I'm just hoping it's not too bad. Good enough to be selected again in the future I hope. The weather is a concern though. If it does rain, we have 2 more indoor courts than Georgia so that's a plus.
     
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  9. treeman10

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    According to NCAA site:

    May 15-26, 2014 TBD

    Maybe Illinois can ask Stanford about their camera system, the new one is amazing. I don't know Satsuma, the video from Georgia was pretty awful with no sound, and no finals coverage, even if indoor at last minute, seems their should have been something arranged. It was the finals! So I have hope for Illinois. I still can't believe I could have watched NCAA REGIONAL girls softball playoffs from Louisville or Michigan on ESPN3 and ESPNU but no NCAA tennis semis or finals! (Ya, still bitter, guess it's time to let that go - ha!)
     
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  10. Satsuma Illini

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    I'm still ticked off at the scoring system. The scoreboard online actually had Nevolo-Kalmanovich winning the third set to advance to the quarterfinals. Even Illinois' official Twitter announced a Illini win until Zoo Tennis' Colette Lewis sent a snide tweet (at least it seemed that way to me) that it was wrong. They never fixed the scoreboard online and it had Illinois winning for more than 4 hours before they finally just erased everything. That was just pathetic. Please Illinois, set up a dadgum working scoring system! The other sports can do it. So can tennis.
     
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  11. bluetrain4

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    Any idea if Illinois is going to install at least a temporary substantial grandstand.

    They built Khan with the intent to host NCAAs, but didn't include any substantial permanent seating. There are the concrete bleachers behind most of the courts, but that's not enough, or I guess it might have to be.
     
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    Tulsa hosted it in 2008, I think. That must not have been a popular venue, because I haven't seen their name mentioned at all as a future host again.
     
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  13. Jakes On A Plane

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    I assume Wake Forest's new complex will be added to the NCAA site docket soon. The 13 court facility was just built and will host the Winston-Salem Open every summer. One of the courts has stadium seating which would be optimal for the individual semis and finals.

    Have a look:

    http://www.wakeforestsports.com/facilities/tennis-complex.html
     
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  14. Satsuma Illini

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    Nice! How's the tennis team looking though?
     
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    I actually didn;t like Wake's facility in the slightest. Of course the stadium wasn't up.
     
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  16. bluetrain4

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    The weird thing is that the courts aren't all in a straight line, at least judging from the pictures. That means that some of the courts aren't facing directly north-south as almost all courts are, and should be.
     
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  17. Satsuma Illini

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    I like that stadium court though.
     
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  18. The Wreck

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    It's cool, but what do you do with it during team matches?
     
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  19. floridatennisdude

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    Who cares. I'm thinking that is a BA spot for the semis and finals of the singles and doubles tournaments.
     
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  20. Satsuma Illini

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    Here's a pic of Illinois' out door facilities.

    Not many stands for fans. Yet.

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  21. bluetrain4

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    Those stands are much better than when I saw the facility for the first time. Didn't know they were going to put individual seats on those concrete foundations. Seems to be perfectly fine for a regular dual, but I'd think they'd want more for an event as big as NCAAs. But, maybe it will do.
     
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