Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center

525 N. 16th Street

If you have any questions please call the Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center at: (414) 288-6976.

Helfaer Facility Overview

  • 6 Fully air-conditioned tennis courts
  • 2 Cardio courts
  • 1 Racquetball court
  • 1 25 yard swimming pool with one and three meter diving boards
  • 5 Basketball courts
  • 1 Fitness Assessment Center
  • 2 Men's locker room areas
  • 2 Women's locker room areas
  • 5 Volleyball courts
  • 3 Badminton courts
  • 2 Group fitness room
  • 1 Weight room
  • 2 Outdoor Sand Volleyball Courts

The Helfaer Recreation Center features a weight room and two cardio courts with Cardio Theater and a variety of cardio machines including steppers, recumbent bikes, treadmills, stationary bikes, rowers and ellipticals. In addition, the Helfaer Recreation Center Pro Shop offers basic athletic equipment and accessories for sale. Reservations for tennis and racquetball are made in the ProShop 48 hours in advance with a telephone call, (414) 288-6389.

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The Donor

A native of Milwaukee, the late Evan P. Helfaer built an outstanding record of corporate and philanthropic leadership. From 1932-57, he served as president of Lakeside Laboratories and guided the pharmaceutical firm to a position of international prominence. Helfaer gave Marquette more than $4 million, including $500,000 in unrestricted support, $1.6 million to construct the Evan P. and Marian Helfaer Theater, $2 million to build the Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center, and a major sum to equip the top two floors of the Todd Wehr Chemistry Building.

Many of Helfaer’s gifts memorialize his wife, who died in 1968. Marion Helfaer, like her husband, maintained a lifelong interest in Milwaukee activities, particularly the arts. Evan Helfaer died in February 1974. Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., Marquette’s president at the time, said in honoring Helfaer, "We are grateful that he has bequeathed to us his hope for the future and his love for his fellow man."