Nielsen Tennis Stadium
1000 Highland Drive
Madison, Wis. 53705
UW Rec. Sports at Nielsen
The Nielsen Tennis Stadium is located near the Lakeshore Dormitories on the
west end of campus at 1000 Highland Drive.
From the east side of Madison: From Interstate 90/39, take
Hwy 12/18 west. Merge on John Nolen Drive via ext 263. Turn left on S Broom
Street. Make a slight left on W Gorham Street. Turn right on University Ave.
Make a slight right onto Campus Drive. Take the Highland Ave ramp, and turn
right on Highland Ave. After about 0.5 miles, Nielsen Tennis Stadium is on the
From the west side of Madison: From Hwy 12/18, head east on
Mineral Point Road/CR-S. Continue to follow CR-S. Stay straight to go onto Highland
Ave. for 0.8 miles. Nielsen Tennis Stadium is on the right.
Nielsen Tennis Stadium
The Wisconsin tennis teams are afforded a competitive advantage
by playing year-round at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, ranked by USTA
as one of the finest tennis facilities in the country. The stadium
features 18 tennis courts (12 indoor and six outdoor), five singles
squash courts, and one squash doubles court.
From 1988 to 2010, Nielsen Stadium served as the site for the USTA/ITA
Women's National Indoor Team Tennis Championship. The outdoor courts
were utilized for the 1991 Big Ten Women's Championship and the
1992 Big Ten Men's Championship. Most recently, the 2009 Big Ten
Women's Championship was held at Nielsen. The facility has also
served as the site for the Wisconsin Boys' and Girls' High School
Championship, the USTA League State Championship, the Badger State
Games, the men's collegiate Rolex Midwest Qualifier as well as numerous
NCAA Division III regional and conference championships.
More than 6,000 students, faculty and community players use the
facilities at Nielsen on a weekly basis. The stadium also features
shower and locker areas as well as upper-level seating for more
than 1,500 spectators.
The Nielsen Tennis Stadium was built in 1968 for $2 million, and
is now valued at nearly $9 million. The facility is a fitting tribute
to Arthur C. Nielsen, founder of the television rating system. Nielsen,
a UW graduate in electrical engineering, captained the Wisconsin
men's tennis team from 1916-18.
Following in his father's footsteps, Arthur C. Nielsen Jr. also
captained his Badger teammates during the 1940-41 season. In competition
together, the Nielsens won two U.S. National Father & Son Tennis
Championship titles. Nielsen, Jr. continues to be an active supporter
of UW tennis and has participated in various celebrity fund raisers
for women's tennis through the years.
Parking at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium is available on the west side
of the stadium in Lot 66, which is accessible from Highland Ave.
Metered parking is available in Lots 76, 60 and 70 off University
Bay Drive. Bike racks are available near the main entrance to the