By Michael T. Bello
Published Apr 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 8:28 PM ET

Charlottesville, VA — The University of Virginia (UVA) recently announced plans to build a new squash facility that will benefit the school, the squash team, and the community.

Robert D. Sweeney, senior vice president for development and public affairs, told UVA Today that the project is already attracting attention. “Even before construction starts, we are hearing from parents, students, prospective students and community members who are excited about the possibilities this facility represents,” he said. “If the early signs are any indication, we’re about to experience a groundswell of interest and enthusiasm that extends far beyond the University, the community and the commonwealth.”

UVA Today details the plans for the court constructions, which will start in May:

When complete next spring, the facility will house eight international singles courts with seating for approximately 10 to 20 spectators at each court; an international show court with seating for 200-300 spectators; two new North American doubles courts; an upper viewing mezzanine; four dedicated squash locker rooms (men’s and women’s for home and visiting teams); a team room/lounge; coaching office; and a storage room.

The new facility may help the UVA club squash program join the varsity ranks in the coming years.

A number of schools are also building courts, including Middlebury. Middlebury’s facility will include 10 new courts.