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NIELSEN TENNIS STADIUM

When & Where

UP YOUR GAME

Whether you’re a tennis ace or just starting out, you can play year-round at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Between our 12 indoor tennis courts, two squash courts, equipment rental and racquet services, and a system to help you find a tennis partner, we have you covered.

TENNIS LESSONS

We offer group and individual tennis lessons. Whether you’re looking to learn the basics of the game or you’re already an ace, our experienced instructors will help you develop your skills, technique, and game strategy so that you can confidently play on your own.

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TODAY’S HOURS

NIELSEN TENNIS STADIUM

1000 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 262 - 8244

Contact Us

Hours of Operation

Reservations are required at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Reservations can be made online or by calling us at (608) 262 – 8244, then selecting option 2. In order to be good stewards of our resources, Nielsen Tennis Stadium may close early depending on the court reservation schedule. From time to time, you may also experience closures due to tournaments and other events. Please contact us at (608) 262 – 8244, then selecting option 2 to confirm closing times and availability.

September 7 – December 22

Days of the Week Hours
Monday - Friday 6:45am - 10:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 7:45am - 10:30pm

Nielsen Tennis Stadium open until 12pm on Home Football games.

Adjusted Hours

Date Hours
September 3 - 5 Closed
September 10 & 17 7:45am - 12pm
October 1 & 22 7:45am - 12pm
November 5 7:45am - 12pm
November 23 6:45am - 6pm
November 24 Closed
November 25 7:45am - 6pm
November 26 7:45am - 12pm
November 27 7:45am - 6pm
December 23 8am - 6pm

December 23 – January 2, 2023

Date Hours
December 23 8am - 6pm
December 24 - 26 CLOSED
December 27 - 30 8am - 6pm
December 31 - January 2 CLOSED

January 3 – January 22, 2023

Days Hours
Monday - Thursday 8am - 10:30pm
Friday - Sunday 8am - 6pm

January 23 – May 14

Day of the Week Hours
Monday - Friday 6:45am - 10:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 7:45am - 10:30pm

Adjusted Hours

Date Hours
March 10 6:45am - 10:30pm
March 11 - 12 7:45am - 10:30pm
March 13 - 17 8am - 10:30pm
March 18 - 19 7:45am - 10:30pm
May 13 - 14 Closed

Reservations

In order to be good stewards of our resources, Nielsen Tennis Stadium may close early depending on the court reservation schedule. From time to time, you may also experience closures due to tournaments and other events. Please contact us a (608) 262 – 8244, then selecting option 2 to confirm closing times and availability prior to arriving for a walk-in court reservation.

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Reserve an indoor tennis court

There are three ways to reserve courts for indoor tennis: 

  • Reserve online using CourtReserve
  • Call Nielsen Tennis Stadium at (608) 262 – 8244, then selecting option 2
  • Visit the Member Services desk at Nielsen Tennis Stadium to reserve in-person

Reserve a squash court

  • Reserve online using CourtReserve
  • Call Nielsen Tennis Stadium at (608) 262 – 8244, then selecting option 2, or visit the front desk
  • Reservations can be made starting at 7:45am each morning
  • Reservations will be honored in the order received
  • Each person must make his or her own reservation

Reservation policies

  • Court fees must be paid at Nielsen Tennis Stadium prior to playing (see pricing under Equipment Rental & Hourly Court Fees)
  • Courts can be reserved online up to 2 hours before the court time; last minute reservations must be made over the phone or in-person at Nielsen Tennis Stadium
  • Reservations can be made starting at 7:45am each morning (online and over the phone)
  • Each person must make their own reservation
  • Current UW-Madison students and Rec Well Affiliate Members may make a reservation THREE DAYS in advance (example: call or go online on Monday to reserve for Thursday)
  • Guests and non-Rec Well Affiliate Members may make a reservation ONE DAY in advance
  • Players can make one court reservation per day

Cancellation policies

  • Court reservations and cancellation fees are the responsibility of the person who booked the court reservation
  • Players can cancel a reservation with no penalty up to two hours in advance of their reservation time
  • Players with “no shows” and “late cancellations” will be billed a cancellation fee of $12 which, once billed & emailed to the player, must be paid before making a reservation and/or playing again
  • How to cancel court reservations on CourtReserve

Court Fees

Access to Nielsen Tennis Stadium is included in your University Recreation & Wellbeing membership. Household dependent memberships are available for children younger than 18 years old. To learn more about Affiliate Dependent Memberships, please visit our Memberships page.

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Indoor Tennis Court Fees

Rates shown are per person. Double rates must have 4 players for the reservation.

Singles Doubles
UW Students $6 $3
Affiliate/Dependent Members $10 $5
Guests $20 $10

Discounted Tennis Court Fees

Discounted court rates are available Monday-Thursday from 10:30am-1:30pm (start times). Rates shown are per person. Double rates must have 4 players for the reservation.

Singles Doubles
UW Students $4  $3
Affiliate/Dependent Members  $6 $4
Guests $11 $8

Squash Court Fees

Rates shown are per person.

UW Students $3
Affiliate/Dependent Members $4
Guests $8

Equipment Rental & Services

For your convenience, we offer a variety of equipment rental options and racquet services.

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Equipment Rental

Rates shown are per use.

Tennis Ball Machine $12
Demo Tennis racquets  $2 
Demo Squash racquets  $2 
Rental Tennis racquets  $1
Rental Squash racquets $2

Racquet Repair Services

Racquet handle regripping $1
Natural gut stringing surcharge $2
Racquet handle size build-up $2
Racquet grommet replacement (labor only) $5
24-hour stringing fee $5

Restringing Services

Have your racquet restrung at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. We offer a pre-paid service guaranteed within three business days.

Racquet owners have the option to provide their own string to be used for stringing service. Our talented staff handles the string with care, but in the event the owner-provided string breaks during the stringing service, we will use a similar string as a replacement. We are unable to provide a refund for the broken string.

String prices do not include the stringing service fee.

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Stringing Service Fees

Student/Member $15
Non-Member $18

Polyester Strings

Luxilon 4G (16) $28
Luxilon Alu Power (16) $28
Solinco Tour Bite (16 or 16 Soft) $20
Babolat RPM Blast (16) $26
Babolat RPM Hurricane $15

Multifilament Strings

Wilson NXT (16 or 17) $25
Wilson Sensation (16) $18
Gamma Live Wire (16 or 17) $18
Gamma Live Wire XP (16 or 17) $19
Gamma Live Wire Professional (16) $26
Gamma TNT II (16 or 17) $14

Synthetic Gut Strings

Wilson Synthetic Gut (16) $8
Gamma Synthetic Gut (16 or 17) $6
Gamma Synthetic Gut w/ Wearguard (16) $6

Hybrid Strings

4G & NXT $27
4G & Sensation $23
4G & Wilson Synthetic Gut $18
Alu Power & NXT $27
Alu Power & Sensation $23
Alu Power & Wilson Synthetic Gut $18
RPM Hurricane & NXT $20
RPM Hurricane & Sensation $17
RPM Hurricane & Wilson Synthetic Gut $12
Tour Bite & NXT $23
Tour Bite & Sensation $19
Tour Bite & Wilson Synthetic Gut $14

Squash String

Ashaway MultiNick (18) $15

Getting There

Parking

    • Lot 82: We have 4 parking stalls available at all times for Nielsen Tennis Stadium users on a first come, first serve basis. The parking stalls are labeled with a Rec Well sign on each stall and located at the back of the lot, closest to the facility. Rate is $5/2 hours. Pay at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium desk immediately after parking. Parked cars that are not paid at the desk will be ticketed and towed at owner’s expense.
    • Lot 82 (3-minute walk): free after 4:30pm Monday – Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday
    • Lot 76 Ramp (located on the east side of the facility)
    • Lot 60 (8-minute walk):  free after 4:30pm Monday – Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday
    • Bike and moped stalls are available in front of the Nielsen
    • View all parking options near Nielsen Tennis Stadium
    • Parking availability may be restricted without notice due to special events such as the WIAA State Tournament

Bus

    • Convenient bus lines include the 2, 9, 28, 38, 80, 81, 82, and 84.