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Construction workers build the Broadway Tennis Center, on Edward Court in Burlingame. The facility will home six full-sized courts and is expected to open in March.
Heavy construction continues near Highway 101 in Burlingame as builders work toward completing the Broadway Tennis Center in time for the grand opening, which is expected in early March.
The sports facility will offer six full-sized, indoor tennis courts on the nearly 3 acres of land neighboring the Tesla dealership on Edwards Court, near the southbound stretch of the highway.
Anne Matta, who co-owns the company with her husband Horacio, said she was excited about the pace of the project.
“We are just sort of humming along with people working really hard to get it up and above ground,” said Matta.
Once open, the tennis center will be open every day to the public from 6 a.m. until midnight.
The Mattas hope that the facility will help spread the love for tennis that they share throughout the community in and around Burlingame.
Both Mattas are retired tennis professionals, living in Woodside. Anne played on the Women’s Tennis Association tour for three years, and Horacio played on the Association of Tennis Professionals tour for five years.
But though the couple has an extensive experience with the sport, Matta said that the facility will be open to anyone with interest in tennis, regardless of whether they are an expert or beginner.
“We are excited about offering the whole gamut of tennis,” Matta said. “If you want to learn to play tennis, there’s a spot for you. If you want to play more competitively, we’re going to have staff to help you get there.”
The building is proposed to be 62,715 square feet, spread across two floors. More than 50,000 square feet on first floor will host the regulation-sized courts, as well as a reception area, stretching space, locker rooms, offices and storage space. A cafe, Ping-Pong tables, video review room and restrooms will fill the additional 10,465 square feet upstairs, according to a city report.
Spearheading a project of this size is a first for the Mattas, whose only prior experience in coordinating a sports program was starting a soccer club in Woodside.
Despite their inexperience in negotiating the city planning process, Matta said that process has been pleasurable.
“It’s been an incredibly sharp learning curve, which has been a sort of energizing experience,” Matta said. “It’s been really fun to learn.”
When it opens, the tennis center will be the most recent addition to a strip of already established health-focused activities in the Rollins Road region of Burlingame, joining Nothing But Hoops, Bay Badminton Center, Prime Time Athletic Fitness Club and Gokart Racer.
Burlingame Councilman Michael Brownrigg said the tennis center fits in nicely with the rest of the development taking place in that region.
Brownrigg also said he hopes a new, large facility near the highway will signal to prospective businesses that Burlingame and other communities in the area are open for business.
“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for all of us who live here and work here,” Brownrigg said.
Despite the wave of goodwill that is currently paving the way toward the opening on March 1, Matta said the project was not without its hurdles.
The entrepreneurs experienced some anxiety when the weather took a turn for the worse last month, and poor weather and rain threatened construction, and a King Tide rose in the Bay.
Ultimately the storm did not seriously impede progress, but Matta said the experience did expose the family to the variety of unanticipated dilemmas they may be forced to overcome as business owners.
“It wasn’t a problem, but it was amazing to see the strength of Mother Nature,” Matta said.
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