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Tennis courts to be taken out starting Friday

Starting Friday, construction crews will begin destroying the campus’ tennis courts in preparation for the new cafeteria and academic building that will go in its place.

An unsigned, campuswide email sent Thursday afternoon detailed the impending changes because of the two major construction projects announced last week by President Bob Fisher.

Once construction starts in late March or early April, pedestrians will also not be allowed to walk near 15th and Caldwell avenues, according to the email.

Construction and the necessary blasting for it will also limit student and faculty parking on 15th and Caldwell avenues as well as spots near the former soccer field. When it begins, blasting will be scheduled to happen Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The explosions are expected to continue through September, the email said.

Once completed in fall 2015, the new cafeteria/academic building will add an additional 1,000 parking spaces. A new residence hall across the street from Kennedy is also slated to be complete by fall 2014.

Second session eight-week tennis classes slated to meet on the tennis courts “will still meet initially in the Sport Science Center before moving to reserved courts at Fannie Mae Dees Park (also known as Dragon Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave.) for further instruction and practice,” according to the email.

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