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Barksdale Stadium
Varsity Courts

The Dr. Robert L. Barksdale Tennis Stadium has room for 2,000 spectators and has hosted several big events like the SEC Tournament.

The Dr. Robert L. Barksdale Tennis Stadium, home of the Vols since 1976, is considered to be among the finest outdoor playing facilities in the intercollegiate ranks.

The facility features six courts which are located on the west side of campus, across from the Presidential Court Complex -- a hub of student activity – and behind the Apartments Residence Hall.

Since the facility's completion, Knoxville-area tennis enthusiasts and Tennessee students have filled the Varsity Court stands to see collegiate tennis at its best. The Vols enjoyed a 35-match home winning streak from 2009 through 2011, helped along by its home crowds. Tennessee clinched the 2010 SEC regular-season championship in the season finale at home against Georgia in front of more than 1,500 spectators.

Knoxville has a strong tennis community, and Tennessee has enjoyed strong support by students and members of surrounding clubs. The Vols were fourth in the country in total attendance in 2012, and the Lady Vols were sixth.

The six courts have been refurbished on a regular basis since being built in 1976, with the latest full renovation coming prior to the 1997 season. The facility was completed in 1981 with the addition of a 2,000-seat grandstand and a two-story clubhouse containing press facilities and a concession stand. Lights for the courts were donated in 1987 by former Vol All-American Paul Annacone.

The Dr. Robert L. Barksdale Tennis Stadium has hosted numerous prestigious tournaments, including SEC Championships, the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships, ITA regional fall tournaments and several high school tournaments.

Directions to the Barksdale Tennis Stadium and Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center

From McGhee Tyson Airport: Turn north on U.S. Highway 129 leaving airport. After crossing the Tennessee River bridge just outside of Knoxville, exit onto Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153). Turn left (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow road until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn left onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn left at second stoplight. Follow Volunteer Blvd. to next light. Turn right on Temple St. Turn left on Andy Holt Blvd. Turn right on 20th. Stadium on left.

From I-40 east (from Nashville) and I-75 north (from Chattanooga): Follow I-40 and I-75 to I-40/I-75 junction in west Knoxville. Continue on I-40 east to U.S. Highway 129 south. Follow 129 south to the exit for Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153). Turn left (south) at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow the road until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn left onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn left at second stoplight. Follow Volunteer Blvd. to next light. Turn right on Temple St. Turn left on Andy Holt Blvd. Turn right on 20th. Stadium on left.

From I-40 west (from Asheville, N.C.): Follow I-40 west to the James White Parkway exit and exit to the left. Follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn right onto Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Turn left at second stoplight. Follow Volunteer Blvd. to next light. Turn right on Temple St. Turn left on Andy Holt Blvd. Turn right on 20th. Stadium on left.

From I-75 south (from Lexington, Ky.): Follow I-75 south to I-275 south just past Merchants Road. Follow I-275 to I-40 east. Exit I-40 east onto James White Parkway and follow Parkway to Neyland Drive (Tennessee Highway 153) until Thompson-Boling Arena is visible. Turn left at second stoplight. Follow Volunteer Blvd. to next light. Turn right on Temple St. Turn left on Andy Holt Blvd. Turn right on 20th. Stadium on left.

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