MMM – Nielsen Tennis Stadium

Mostly Madison Mondays – a howdoyoudo from my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin


Our friend Seth, a tennis player, invited us along yesterday to the University’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium to watch a Men’s match.  Another day of single digit temps and idea fatigue had us readily accepting.  Both Kris and I like to watch tennis and Kris used to play, but more importantly, it would likely be a good time for the kiddos in a big indoor space.


The stadium has all the ingredients for a walloping good time: bleachers! platforms! railings! and you can even bear witness to manly displays of teamwork and sportsmanship.


There was just one problem with the afternoon’s adventure: you’re supposed to be silent at a tennis match.  See?  

That does not jive with a 1, 3, 4, and 5-year-old in the audience but to be fair, the 3 and 5 year-olds probably would have been fine without the introduction of the 4 year-old.  Respecting the game, we hightailed it downstairs to a closed off area only to discover something even better than bleachers and platforms:  an empty squash court.


Perfect for playing Poker Family and getting all those screaming sillies out.


If this winter drones on I suspect we’ll return to the Nielson Tennis Stadium, even if it means booking the squash court in advance.



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