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.

TODAY’S HOURS

Nielsen Tennis Stadium

1000 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 262-0410

Reserve a court

Building Hours

FALL Hours

September 2 – December 31
Monday – Friday 6:15am – 10:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 7:45am – 10:30pm

ADJUSTED Hours

Badger Home Football Games
September 7 Closed at 12pm
September 21 Closed at 12pm
September 28 Closed at 12pm
October 5 Closed at 12pm
October 12 Closed at 12pm
November 9 Closed at 12pm
November 23 Closed at 12pm
Labor Day Weekend
September 2 CLOSED
Thanksgiving Weekend
November 27 6:15am – 9pm
November 28 CLOSED
November 29 6:15am – 6pm
November 30 7:45am – 6pm
December 1 7:45am – 6pm
Winter Break
December 24 – 25 CLOSED
December 31 – January 1 CLOSED

SPRING Hours

January 2 – May 10
Monday – Friday 6:15am – 10:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 7:45am – 10:30pm

ADJUSTED Hours

Commencement Weekend
May 9 – 10 CLOSED

SUMMER Hours

May 11 – August 31
Monday – Friday 6:15am – 8:45pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

ADJUSTED Hours

Memorial Day
May 25 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) 262-0410 to confirm closing times and availability prior to arriving for a walk-in court reservation.

Reserve courts online

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Reserve an indoor tennis court

There are three ways to reserve courts for indoor tennis: 

  • Reserve online using Court Reserve, our new online system! Here’s how:
    • Visit our homepage on Court Reserve
    • Click “Create account” button on the top left
    • Create your account
    • Our staff will approve your account within two business days, and you’ll receive a notification email once your approved (in the meantime, please call us at (608) 262-0410 to reserve a court)
    • How to reserve courts on CourtReserve
  • Call Nielsen Tennis Stadium at (608) 262-0410
  • Visit the Member Services desk at Nielsen Tennis Stadium to reserve in-person

**To reserve a ball machine during your court time, please call Nielsen Tennis Stadium at (608) 262-0410. This can be done after making an online reservation. Ball machine availability is limited; it is recommended to reserve before your court time.

Reserve a squash court

  • Call Nielsen Tennis Stadium at (608) 262-0410 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 Sports 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 Sports 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.

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.

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

Restringing Services

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

All-Around

Gamma TNT II: Ultra-responsive with excellent feel, Gamma’s bestselling string. This solid core string
provides great comfort, playability and spin. ($26)

Live Wire: Combines a unique multifiber construction and Gamma’s patented irradiation process for
more power, control and less shock. ($30)

Babolat RPM Team: This polyester string is softer than most other polyesters in the market. Great
string for players who provide their own power but are looking for some extra pop and spin on the
ball. Also, works well in hybrid sting jobs due to its high durability. ($33)

Durability

Prince Topspin: Textured string offering maximum spin, control and power. Triple twist construction
utilizes Duraflex for increased durability and consistency. Offered in 15L Gauge. ($23)

Babolat Pro Hurricane: The original polyester, this is a stiffer string than RPM Team and is best for
those that break strings often. This string offers great durability while helping with spin and control.
Also works well as a hybrid string. ($27)

Live Wire XP: According to Gamma, Live Wire 16 XP offers “power and control, superior durability and
a crisp, solid feel. A soft Pearl coating provides added comfort and durability. ($31)

Performance

Wilson NXT Duo II: The Wilson NXT Duo II combines Luxilon Adrenaline 17g and Wilson NXT 16g
strings. Luxilon Adrenaline is polyester made from liquid crystalline. Adrenaline provides a crisp, firm
feel that’s great for the hard-hitting players. ($35)

Wilson NXT: One the best playing synthetic strings on the market. Multifilament construction that
looks, feels, and plays very much like Natural Gut. Available in 16 or 17 gauge. ($36)

Gamma Live Wire Professional: Live Wire Professional 16 offers “Gut-like performance in a
multifilament string”. Including increased resiliency and elasticity, and 20% Higher Impact Urethane
Resin for improved vibration dampening. ($38)

Value

Prince Synthetic Gut: The #1 selling string in the world. Something for everyone: good playability,
good durability, good price. Players of all ranges (from 3.0-5.0) will find this string to be a great value.
($20)

Gamma Synthetic Gut: An all-around performance string that offers a balance of playability and
durability for a wide audience of playing styles. Offered in 16 and 17 gauge. ($18)

Gamma Wearguard w/Duraflex: Wearguard technology offers longer life with enhanced playability.
The core of the string is made from Gamma’s Super Resilient Dynalon Center Core and is designed to
offer more power than conventional synthetic gut. ($18)

Gamma Challenger: Economical nylon string by Gamma. ($15)

Squash

Ashaway Supernick: The official string of the PSA and WISPA, Supernick provides power, durability,
and exceptional feel. ($25)

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

Getting There

Parking

    • Lot 82: We have 5 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 75 / Hospital Ramp (4-minute walk): credit card only
    • 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.