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Univ. of Miami (Florida) - Facilities

A 1948 graduate of the University of Miami, Neil Schiff spent the majority of his life in dedicated service to his alma mater. At the time of his passing in 1985, Schiff was vice-chairman of UM’s Board of Trustees. His passing was felt deeply by the tennis community and the young men and women who prospered through his love and support of Hurricane tennis.

  • The Neil Schiff Center houses 16 courts. The eight varsity courts are flanked on two sides by seating for more than 1,000 spectators, including 144 courtside chairbacks.
  • Each court is individually lit by eight low-mounted halogen lights that meet the uniform lumination criteria set by the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association for championship play. The lighting system received the 1987 Tennis Industry Magazine Court of the Year Award.
  • The varsity courts are designed for open spectator access, with spacious walkways that allow a clear view to every court in use during a match.
  • A tennis house is adjacent to the courts and includes a reception area, offices for the men’s and women’s tennis coaches, and a plush second floor VIP/Players’ Lounge that is complete with a large screen TV and three tinted glass walls for viewing matches in air conditioned comfort.
  • The Center was completely funded by donations of approximately $1 million from friends and family of Neil Schiff.
  • The facility was built to support college, amateur and professional tennis competition and to serve as the home for many of the nation’s top amateur events. The NSTC annually hosts the International Junior Orange Bowl tournament and has hosted the ITCA Women’s Rolex Qualifier and BIG EAST Tennis Championships.