Stefan Edberg with Carl-Axel Hageskog and Magnus Larsson in a promotional poster of the Climate Arena
The new Climate Arena, inaugurated on August 30th in Växjö, will be run by Stefan Edberg along with fellow former tennis professionals Carl-Axel Hageskog and Magnus Larsson via their new tennis concept, Ready Play Tennis (RPT), creating unique opportunities for young talents to develop within Sweden.
«Växjö has an extremely good reputation in the world of tennis. We will develop and hopefully convince some of the 150 Swedish tennis juniors currently studying on scholarship in the United States to do it here in Sweden and in Växjö», said Stefan Edberg, who supported the project through his foundation for Swedish tennis, with a focus on training and development of young promises.
Just the fact that so many Swedish youngsters are on the other side of the Atlantic makes the new promises lack really good sparring, hampering Swedish tennis development.
Stefan Edberg holds out any immediate hope that the facility will be a commercial success story, but has mainly ambition to venture to break even financially.
A scale model of the Climate Arena (image from Sodra.com)
He is also skeptical about the facility in Växjö can really help create giants in class as Bjorn Borg and himself, although it is a step in the right direction.
«I have said that what we saw in the 1980s we will not be seeing the next hundred years. And I stand firmly on, it was so exceptional. But the conditions are much better with this», says Stefan Edberg.
In the new tennis hall, which was designed by Danish architect Kent Pedersen and is the world's first sports facility made in wood with passive house technology, there will also be opportunities for clubs to develop their future works.
Building operations going on last January (image from mynewsdesk.com)
The Climate Arena was built by Södra, an economic association of 36 forestry areas in Växjö surroundings. It aims at being a first step in a new direction for the construction of tennis buildings: the stadium will enjoy unique conditions, tailored just for tennis. The passive technology used will allow energy savings of approximately 300,000 kWh per year, equivalent to normal consumption of 16 villas built with traditional tecniques (and with the same costs). The high standards of quality, in terms of a both gentle and sustainable surface, and the light and color create optimal contrasts in the hall.
The entire supporting structure is laminated with steel reinforcement and the facade is made of wood and glass.
The entrance of the Climate Arena (image from landshovdingkronoberg.blogspot.com)
Linnaeus University in Växjö will study the building to draw scientific conclusions on how to improve the efficiency of wooden structures. In addition, there will be a collaboration with the University so that young talents can practice tennis in combination with studies, an effort similar to programs in American colleges.
The Climate Arena has got four tennis courts. Their surface is in Latex-ite Soft and was installed by Unisport, a specialized company active in all the Scandinavian countries.
The playing surface was chosen considering the fact that it should be suitable for various categories of players, from youth to senior, from amateur to elite. Latex-ite Soft Court is a gentle surface for the body, ligaments and joints and, at the same time, suits different types of games and players.
Paths coloration, in combination with a special lighting, creates a pleasant contrast in the hall, which also played an important part in the choice of the surface and the supplier. The colors chosen are a shade of red, "Summer Red", and a shade of gray, "Ready Play Gray", designed especially for this particular project.
Stefan Edberg and Magnus Larsson tested the surface and were very happy with the choice made.
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