FLORA MAE STATLER founded the City of Surprise in 1938, when it was just one square-mile of farmland. According to Statler’s daughter, her mother once commented, “She would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much.”
The city prides itself as the home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. These Major League Baseball teams call the Surprise Stadium home. As part of the city’s recreation campus, Surprise is also home to the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex (STRC). Since its opening in August 2007, the complex has received numerous awards, including being named the 2008 Outstanding Facility of the Year by the USTA.