International tennis, anyone? The USTA has announced it is seeking a venue for a potential Davis Cup Qualifying Tie event in early 2022. The need for a site will become binding if the United States draws a home tie when the draw takes place in December.
USA last hosted ties in Hawaii in 2020 and Nashville in 2018 which sold over 5,000 tickets each day
Deadline for all bids to be received at the USTA is September 17, 2021– exactly 30 days from now. So, what’s needed?
According to the USTA (the full bid package is posted here), among the physical needs of any community interested in hosting are:
The venue must be available for an eight-day period starting February 27 through March 6, 2022
- Stadium Court: Space for one stadium court measuring no less than 71’ x 140’ with a minimum of 4,000 seats (facilities with less seats or more may be considered).
- Locker & Facilities: Venue must have two fully equipped locker rooms (one for each team) with an additional two rooms in close proximity to the locker rooms for team lounges.
- Office Space: A minimum of eight office spaces are needed, with telephone, electrical and high speed Internet.
- Hospitality Areas: Venue must have adequate space for USTA, international and local sponsor hospitality.
- Retail/Display Areas: Venue must have adequate space to accommodate retail and sponsor display areas.
- Media Facilities: Venue must have adequate space for media work, interview and dining areas.
Note: Other requirements are listed in the bid packet.
Host community agrees to secure two local sponsors for a fee of $25,000. USTA will provide sponsorship benefits; there is an opportunity for host communities to receive up to 20 percent commission on any additional sponsorship leads
Host community to provide local hotel options for the USTA with their preference being IHG properties, from which the USTA will make final selection. The hotels will provide at least 150 complimentary nights to offset hotel expenses and a reasonable rate for which the USTA would be responsible; more information is available in the bid packet.
NOTE: If not all conditions can be met, reasonable expressions of interest are still encouraged.