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Trivia - The Anatomy of a Successful Bid
By: William J. Kellogg
President, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
Column #3, January 14th, 2006
Anatomy of a Successful Davis Cup Bid: When we first
considered submitting a bid to bring the Davis Cup Tie between
the United States and Romania to town this February, we started
by looking up the official RFP (Request for Proposal) posted on
the United States Tennis Association's website. Key requirements
were as follows:
1. Dimensions of the Court: 66' x 132'. Our courts,
as is the case with most tennis clubs in America, are only 60'
2. Lighting: 150 foot candles of lighting power.
Our lights are brighter than the average club, but only produce
75 foot candles of lighting power.
3. Seating Capacity: 7,500 people. Our standard
spectator stands hold about 150 seats.
4. Parking: Enough parking spaces to handle the
seating capacity of the stadium. We have only about 400 spaces
onsite if we make use of our golf course and we estimated that
about 1,500 to 2,000 spaces were needed.
5. Separate full-service locker rooms for the two teams.
We only have one locker room for men.
6. Catering Facilities: It's hard to visualize
that many hotdogs and hamburgers or the facilities needed to store
and cook them. Needless to say, we didn't have them.
7. Bathrooms: We didn't even come close.
either poor readers, slightly off our rockers or a little of both,
we were not deterred after reading the proposal.
It sounded like a wonderful challenge. I think it came from my
childhood when my parents would tell me something was impossible
and it just made me try all the harder to prove them wrong.
looked at using one of our existing courts, taking down the fences,
using the courts on either side as platforms for the grandstands,
and expanding the cement pad on the ends to make it work. Unfortunately,
that left the light standards in a very awkward location.
looked at a variation of that theme in which we would build a
new permanent court on an unused portion of the golf course, adjacent
to the existing courts. That was more promising but would have
required the removal of an indestructible hitting wall in addition
to the removal of fences and would have required the installation
of new light standards. Permits, lack of time and cost also turned
out to be nearly insurmountable barriers.
solution was obvious. We just needed to build a temporary
asphalt court that met the specifications. In fact, we decided
to build a whole new tennis village - right in the middle of our
golf course. Luckily, our golf pro was pretty mellow when we voiced
this idea and decided that this was a great time to try out tennis.
in to the next column to see how we did it.
William J. ("Bill") Kellogg
is President of the La Jolla
Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. He also
chairs the United States Tennis Association's Davis Cup Committee
and in this capacity fosters
community involvement when Ties are held in the United States.
Kellogg currently serves on the
Tennis Federation's Seniors Committee, serves as a Vice-President
of the Southern California Tennis Association and is a past President
of the San Diego District
Tennis Association and Youth Tennis San Diego.
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