Collegiate Sport Air Structures December, 2002

Columbia University, Middlebury College, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington, all have one thing in common…they all chose Yeadon® to supply their new Air Structure in the past year!

With over 25 years experience constructing sports domes Yeadon® has earned its reputation as the industry leader for quality and technology. Universities and Colleges demand low cost, wide, clear span weatherproof structures to provide a climate-controlled venue for a myriad of activities.

A Yeadon® Air Structure is ideal for both permanent and seasonal applications. Yeadon® offers a R-Plus insulated domes for permanent structures for maximum energy efficiency and lower utility operating costs.

Columbia University (www.columbia.edu)

Columbia University's Dick Savitt Tennis Center hosts the home courts for the men's and women's varsity teams. The center is also available for use by Columbia University alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and anyone working in one of the hospitals affiliated with Columbia. Unaffiliated players may be sponsored by one of the center’s members. The Grand Opening for the new air structure at The Dick Savitt Tennis Center was held on September 14th, 2002. The new tennis center has subsequently received the 2002 Indoor Tennis Facility Award from the United States Tennis Court and Track Builder’s association (www.ustctba.com).

The new air structure is a seasonal tennis dome that is 365 feet long by 125 feet wide by 42 feet high. The air structure was constructed with Tedlar® coated Seaman fabric which provides the best fabric performance available in the industry. The dome covers six cushioned hard tennis courts and boasts some of the best-ranked interior lighting in the world according to some tennis professionals. This is the first Yeadon installation to make use of EON® the thermoplastic wood substitute that does not rot, does not decay, does not splinter and does not warp for the channel anchoring system. More information about this product can be found at www.eonoutdoor.com.

For specific information about the Dick Savitt Tennis Center please contact the tennis director Mr. Gaurav Misra at 212-942-7100 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The web site for Columbia University Athletics is www.gocolumbialions.com.

Middlebury College (www.middlebury.edu)

When the Fletcher Field House a long time Middlebury fixture for athletic activity was deemed no longer structurally safe the College found the most cost effective solution to this problem was to remove the unsafe structure and to enclose the entire facility with a Yeadon® Air Structure.

The new structure was opened in July 2002 and is being referred to on campus as “The Bubble” and it covers the rubberized surface for the indoor track and tennis courts. The college also installed five international sized squash courts in the structure. “The Bubble” is 320 feet long by 127 feet wide and 47 feet high. This air structure is a permanent installation and is both insulated and air-conditioned.

University of Texas at Austin (www.utexas.edu)

The Texas Longhorns who are the number 5th ranked College football team (www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com) in the U.S. this year chose Yeadon to supply the new practice facility for the team. This Yeadon® Air Structure is 385 feet long by 184 feet wide by 55 feet tall and is a permanent installation that is fully insulated and air-conditioned.

A particularly unique feature about this dome is that the outer skin was manufactured from Dupont’s Tedlar® coated fabric from Seaman Corporation in the Desert Sand Colour. This dome also features a custom designed relief blister to accommodate the customer’s need for a camera tower.

Washington State University (www.wsu.edu)

Washington State University’s General Contractor for their Air Structure project Shea Graham Construction Limited chose Yeadon® as the supplier of the air structure. This Yeadon® Air Structure is 392 feet long by 221 feet wide by 66 feet tall and is permanent installation that is fully insulated and air-conditioned. A particularly unique feature about this dome is that the outer skin was manufactured from Dupont’s Tedlar® coated fabric from Seaman Corporation in the Dawn Gray Colour.

The primary use of this air structure is to provide a year round facility for track and field events, soccer, football practice and even band practice. Yeadon® was able to successfully install this air structure including insulating it in a remarkable on site time of 10 days.

The Air Structure is now affectionately referred to on campus as the “ASS” which is an acronym for air supported structure.

Dick Savitt Tennis Center 365' x 125' x 42'

Interior of the Dick Savitt Tennis Center

The Bubble at Middlebury College 320' x 127' x 47'

Squash Courts inside the dome

Exterior picture showing custom designed relief blister to accommodate camera tower

Interior photo practice field with team logo

The ASS - 392' x 221' x 66'