Our tennis expert Liz Clarke already covered the news of the Kastles moving to GW’s Smith Center:
After three seasons on the city’s southwest waterfront, the Washington Kastles are moving indoors for the upcoming World Team Tennis season, returning tennis to a venue that a few decades ago hosted the game’s greats.
George Washington’s Smith Center will host the Kastles’ seven home matches from July 9-22, with its capacity of 5,000 pared to 3,200, including 48 luxury seats within a few yards of the baseline.
But in case you’re still curious, here’s a mockup the Kastles provided of what the Smith Center could look like in July.
As for those luxury seats, they’ll be known as “The Kastles Baseline Experience seats,” and they’re not raised at all. Patrons, or whatever, will be sitting on the court, behind the baselines, like watching an NFL game from behind the end zone. The team says it has been unable to locate any other tennis venue with seats actually on the court surface.
Liz’s story also noted that Smith Center has previously hosted tennis: the Volvo Classic men’s tournament from 1976 to 1980, and the Virginia Slims of Washington nine times between 1977 and 1990. Here are promotional materials from two of those events.