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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.

TODAY’S HOURS

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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 and select 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 and select option 2 to confirm closing times and availability.

May 13 – September 4

Day of the Week Hours
Monday - Friday 8am - 8:45pm
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED

Adjusted Hours

Memorial Day

Date Hours
May 27 CLOSED

Independence Day

Date Hour
July 3 8am - 6:30pm
July 4 CLOSED

September 4 – January 19

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

Adjusted Hours

Badger Home Football Games

Date Hours
August 31 7:45am - Noon
September 7 7:45am - Noon
September 14 7:45am - Noon
October 5 7:45am - Noon
October 26 7:45am - Noon
November 16 7:45am - Noon
November 30 7:45am - Noon

Thanksgiving Weekend

Date Hours
November 27 6:45am - 6pm
November 28 CLOSED
November 29 7:45am - 6pm
November 30 7:45am - Noon
December 1 7:45pm - 9pm

 

December 23 - January 19

Date Hours
December 23 8am - 6pm
December 24 - 25 CLOSED
December 26 - 30 8am - 6pm
December 31 - January 1 CLOSED
January 2 - January 19
Monday - Thursday 8am - 10:30pm
Friday - Sunday 8am - 6pm

Check back soon for spring 2025 hours.

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 Youth memberships are available for children younger than 18 years old. To learn more about Household Youth Memberships, please visit our Memberships page.

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Indoor Tennis Court Fees

Rates shown are per person.

wdt_ID Membership Singles Rate Doubles Rate
1 UW Student $8 $4
2 Rec Well Members $10 $5
4 Non-Members $20 $10

Discounted Tennis Court Fees

Discounted court fees are available Monday – Thursday from 10:30am – 1:30pm (start times). Rates shown are per person.

wdt_ID Membership Singles Rate Doubles Rate
1 UW Student $4 $3
2 Rec Well Members $6 $4
4 Non-Members $11 $8

Squash Court Fees

Rates shown are per person.

wdt_ID Membership Singles Rate
1 UW Student $3
2 Rec Well Members $4
4 Non-Members $8

Equipment Rental & Services

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

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Equipment Rental

wdt_ID Equipment Price
1 Tennis Ball Machine* $12
2 Demo Tennis racquets $2
4 Demo Squash racquets $2
5 Rental Tennis racquets $1
6 Rental Squash racquets $2

*Tennis balls included in rental. We’ll also provide a hopper for picking up tennis balls.

Racquet Repair Services

wdt_ID Equipment Price
1 24-hour Restringing Fee $5
2 Natural Gut Surcharge $2
4 Grip Size Build-up (material only) $5
5 Grommet Replacement (labor only) $10
6 Racquet Regripping (labor only) $2

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 Fee

wdt_ID Membership Price
1 Student/Member $15
2 Non-Member $18

Strings

wdt_ID Brand String Type Price
1 Luxilon 4G (16) Polyester $28
2 Luxilon Alu Power (16) Polyester $28
3 Solinco Tour Bite (16 or 16 Soft) Polyester $20
4 Babolat RPM Blast (16) Polyester $26
5 Babolat RPM Hurricane Polyester $15
6 Wilson NXT (16 or 17) Multifilament $25
7 Wilson Sensation (16) Multifilament $18
8 Gamma Live Wire (16 or 17) Multifilament $18
9 Gamma Live Wire XP (16 or 17) Multifilament $19
10 Gamma Live Wire Professional (16) Multifilament $26
11 Gamma TNT II (16 or 17) Multifilament $14
12 Wilson Synthetic Gut (16) Synthetic Gut $8
13 Gamma Synthetic Gut (16 or 17) Synthetic Gut $6
14 Gamma Synthetic Gut w/Wearguard (16) Synthetic Gut $6
15 4G & NXT Hybrid $27
16 4G & Sensation Hybrid $23
17 4G & Wilson Synthetic Gut Hybrid $18
18 Alu Power & NXT Hybrid $27
19 Alu Power & Sensation Hybrid $23
20 Alu Power & Wilson Synthetic Gut Hybrid $18
21 RPM Hurricane & NXT Hybrid $20
22 RPM Hurricane & Sensation Hybrid $17
23 RPM Hurricane & Wilson Synthetic Gut Hybrid $12
24 Tour Bite & NXT Hybrid $23
25 Tour Bite & Sensation Hybrid $19
26 Tour Bite & Wilson Sythentic Gut Hybrid $14
27 Ashaway MultiNick (18) Squash $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 (located on the east side of the facility): free after 4:30pm Monday – Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Lot 60 (8-minute walk):  free after 4:30pm Monday – Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Lot 130 (11 minute walk): located at 2003 University Bay Drive. Payment required Monday – Friday, 7am – 4:30pm.
  • Bike and moped stalls are available in front of Nielsen.
  • Parking availability may be restricted without notice due to special events such as the WIAA State Tournament.

For more information on campus parking, check out the parking website for maps, restricted parking times, and more.

Bus

    • Convenient bus lines include routes A, B, 80, 81, 82, and 84.