As Boise prepares for its Davis Cup "love fest"—when the City of Tress will host the Davis Cup Quarterfinals Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7—city officials are getting ready to host thousands of visitors coming to Idaho to witness some of the best the tennis world has to offer. As many as half of the nearly 12,000 attendees are expected to be from out of town.
Boise Weekly has learned that a community event is in the works for Tuesday, April 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Century Link Arena that is being called "a celebration of tennis" and a rally for the Davis Cup American Team. Preliminary plans include a brief exhibition by the players and opportunities for fans to snag photos and autographs from the players.
Century Link Arena officials say that the city may need a plan B just in case the Idaho Steelheads are still in the playoff hunt and they have a game scheduled for April 2. If that's the case, the Davis Cup celebration will be moved to an alternate venue.
Some early-season power washing of the city's downtown pedestrian areas will also take place in the coming weeks in anticipation of Davis Cup visitors. Crews traditionally power wash the the Eighth Street and Grove Plaza areas in the days leading up to the spring launch of the Capital City Public Market, but they're moving up their schedule due to the Davis Cup.
“I think the entire tennis community is just ecstatic,” said Steve Bickham, executive director of the Idaho Tennis Association. “It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime things that kind of just dropped in our lap.”
Bill McGrath, tennis director at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club, is equally thrilled for the arrival of the Davis Cup.
“The entire racquet club is pinching itself,” McGrath told BW. “It’s a sport that transcends itself, because it’s so big, it’s actually news.”
Katie Ware, Idaho Tennis Association district league coordinator, agreed, saying, “Boise has hosted a few tennis events in the past. People aren’t aware of how rooted the tennis community is here.”