The Racket & Fitness Center is the largest indoor racket sport facility North of Boston, with 9 indoor tennis courts, five racquet ball courts/ wally ball courts and a squash court. The current building includes a fitness and weight room, massage services, karate studio, group exercise room, large banquet room, lounge and bar area, lobby with offices, retail area with racket stringing room, large locker-rooms and bathrooms.
In 2015, the business was purchase by a group of tennis families from throughout Southern Maine. The facility has been in operation since 1973, when it was first constructed by the Sheraton Corporation of South Portland, Maine. In 1974 both buildings were extended to incorporate four additional tennis courts bringing the facility to ten indoor climate controlled tennis courts. In the late 70’s one of the back courts was converted to four racquetball courts and an observation area for the back tennis courts and racquetball courts.
The 82,000 square foot facility was built by Harvey and Frank Patry, along with business partner John Kendall. The Patry brothers had owned a tennis club in Auburn and wanted to expand their business into Portland. Kendall lead the initiative for the facility in Portland; he developed and built the property. The Racket & Fitness Center was instrumental in changing the state’s liquor law to allow tennis facilities, hockey rinks and golf course to provide liquor to its patrons without specific food volume recreates. After three years, Kendall sold his interest to the two Patry brothers, who ran the business until 1995, when it was then sold to Jody Sataloff who ran the business for 20 years.
The Racket & Fitness Center has excellent access to the major highways in and around the Portland, Maine– Interstate 95 North and South (the Maine Turnpike), as well as to Interstate 295 and the Congress Street artery into Portland and the western suburbs. The facility is located very close to the Maine Turnpike Exit 46 on and off ramps. Its proximity to two major highways in Maine provides for quick access to the Portland metro area, including most of Cumberland County, as well as the Lewiston-Auburn market and key parts of York County.