VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A new tennis complex is expected to bring in more than $800,000 to the Valdosta Community.
The Valdosta-Lowndes Park and Recreation Authority (VLPRA) broke ground on the project on Wednesday.
The Valdosta-Lowndes Tennis Association applied for and won a bid to host a state-level championship. It will bring athletes and spectators for two four-day weekends, in August of 2018 and 2019.
An estimated 850 adults are expected to eat, stay and shop in the city each weekend.
The tennis complex will add six additional courts to the existing 12.
"Tennis is a lifetime sport, it's something you can start as a toddler and you can play throughout your life, so it's so exciting to see so much activity out here on a daily basis," said VLPRA Board Member Suzan Prince.
The new courts will be on Patterson Street across the road from Valdosta Middle School.
They are expected to be complete later this summer.