Originally Posted by Venetian
You guys have really hit the nail on the head here. It just costs way to much to play during the winter. I live in Colorado Springs (a fairly large city), and the clubs around here are virtually empty even at peak times during the winter. About the only time they really fill up is when there's a USTA tourny going on. There are just so many other fun things people can find to do during the winter that either have no cost or cost much less. I realize that it costs a lot to maintain an indoor facility. But just because the cost is justified doesn't mean people are willing to pay it.
People are willing to pay it here in New York. The club I mentioned above is nearly always full.
And 45 dollar an hour in Manhattan would be on the cheap/off peak side. Some are 70 dollars or more an hour. Google Midtown Tennis or Sutton Eastside Tennis and other Manhattan clubs and check out their rates -- unbelievable. (Prices are a little better in the outer boroughs though.)