Although the original Club plans included a sunken exhibition court with permanent seating for 5,500 to be built on the premises, the project was dropped after it was fully explored and evaluated, including financial costs and benefits.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the Cleveland Racquet Club took place on Friday, May 16, 1969. Invitations were sent to the 21 investing founders and to 272 optimistic members who had paid an initiation fee of $500 each without seeing a building.
In April 1970, the Cleveland Racquet Club finally opened its doors to its 353 members. Four squash courts and five indoor tennis courts were ready for play.
The monthly dues of $50 began at this time. The locker rooms opened in May and the 12 outdoor courts and the indoor swimming pool opened later in the summer. The paddle tennis courts, located in front and east of the main building were moved to the west side to a more desirable location in the fall.