Serving as a visual gateway to Daniel Island for 20 years from Interstate 526, the Volvo Car Stadium is set to undergo renovations with a donation by the owners of Charleston Tennis LLC, which operates the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament.
Charleston Tennis LLC owners Ben and Kelly Navarro are donating the cost of the renovations to the city of Charleston, which owns the stadium, the company said in a statement.
Ben Navarro said the plans include touches that modernize the facility, focusing on the experience of sports and event spectators, while also keeping the accessible feeling he experienced 16 years ago.
The Navarros’ company serves as the parent company of the Volvo Car Stadium, Volvo Car Open and LTP Daniel Island.
Charleston Tennis LLC said renovations include a multistory house with player wellness facilities that include “premium” locker rooms and space for physical therapy and exercise. The facility also will include areas for media and production facilities.
The project also will involve food preparation areas and a VIP Club level that will overlook center court. Pre-construction renderings show the center court building with a permanent canopy structure to offer covering for tennis fans and other event attendees. If the city gives final approval to construction plans, the project could be finished as soon as next fall, Charleston Tennis LLC said. That would require a temporary stadium to be built for the 2021 tournament, which is still slated for April 3-11. Plans already are in the works for an interim space that could hold 3,000 spectators, Volvo Car Open Tournament Director Bob Moran said.
“We are beyond excited with what this state-of-the-art, world-class facility will become as a result of this renovation,” Moran said in a statement. “We can’t imagine a better way of celebrating our 50th year of tennis in 2022 and look forward to showing off the new facilities to our players, fans, partners and volunteers.” (Credit: Charleston Regional Business Journal)
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