Tennis Canada, York University, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario announced on August 2, 2002, that Tennis Canada will build a new $35 million national tennis centre on the York University campus. In addition to being the national tennis training centre and the head office of Tennis Canada, the centre will be the site of the men’s and women’s Canadian Open Tennis Championships (Tennis Masters Series – Toronto and the Rogers AT&T Cup, respectively) and will include two tennis stadia of 12,500 and 5,000 seats. The centre will be constructed by Tennis Canada on land leased by York University under a 49-year lease, and will be financed in part by infrastructure funding provided by the federal and provincial governments.
Torys LLP acted for Tennis Canada, with a team that included Rose Bailey, Geoff Dyer and Brian Flood. York University was represented by in-house counsel Harriet Lewis, and by McCarthy Tétrault LLP with a team that included Godyne Sibay and Jonathan Gitlin (real estate) and Cynthia MacDougall (municipal).