McArthur Squash Center at Boar’s Head Sports Club
McArthur Squash Center at Boar’s Head Sports Club is the home of the Virginia men’s and women’s squash teams. A state-of-the-art, 33,000-square-foot facility, MSC provides a gateway for the sport’s development at the University and in the Southeast, bringing professional singles and doubles squash events, top-level intercollegiate play, and US Squash-sanctioned junior and adult tournaments to Central Virginia. MSC is open to U.Va. faculty, staff, and students through the Department of Intramural-Recreational Sports, as well as to members of Boar’s Head Sports Club and guests of the Boar’s Head Inn.
Every now and then you walk into a place and just go ‘whoa, this is cool!’ Honestly McArthur squash center at Boar’s Head Sports Club goes way beyond that. At McArthur a lot of thought went into the design before the first wheelbarrow of concrete was poured.
Not only was the venue divided into 3 ‘pods’ with four glass courts near the entrance, the all-glass show court in the middle, and another set of four courts (plus two doubles courts) positioned at the end of the building, but the mezzanines and varying floor levels is wonderful. Natural light from high windows could have been a problem for the center court, but a massive black curtain can be drawn around 3 sides of the court too.
To add polish, the columns are wrapped in wood giving the place a warmth that just doesn’t exist in new places. A new gold standard for squash has been set at the home of UVa.
–Jay Prince, Executive Editor, Squash Magazine
MSC at BHSC at a glance:
Eight ASB System 100 International Singles Courts | One ASB Four-Wall-Glass Feature Court | Two ASB Hardball Doubles Courts
LEED Certified Structure | Total capacity for 1,000 spectators | Stadium seating with capacity for 375 spectators
Integrated A/V system with HD broadcasting capacity | Five courts with on-demand video playback
Tournament management system designed in partnership with US Squash | Network of 15 hi def court-side monitors
Dedicated UVa team locker rooms | Member and visiting team locker rooms
Coach’s office | Team meeting/conference room