Pure Pickleball has announced plans to develop a facility near Talking Stick Resort & Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona, that will be the largest pickleball facility in Arizona and one of the largest facilities in the world, becoming the home for USA Pickleball’s permanent headquarters in Scottsdale.
The venue is expected to open in the fall of 2024. Phase 1 includes 28 over-sized indoor pickleball courts featuring cushion surfacing. All courts will be privately gated and fenced with professional lighting and video cameras for streaming matches or recording games. The Championship Court will have a 500-seat stadium and production capabilities for televised matches. Other infrastructure under the roof will include a pro shop, café, locker rooms and private event spaces.
“Over the past year, the Pure Pickleball team has engaged with us on their ambitious plans to create an entirely new class of pickleball venue,” said Justin Maloof, chief operating officer for USA Pickleball. “Pure Pickleball is our intended future home, permanent headquarters and official national training center for USA Pickleball.”
Additional phases include 16 outdoor courts with lighting, a member clubhouse with restaurant and bar, two rooftop courts for special events, a full gym and childcare and after-school tutoring services.
“Pickleball is more than just a game; it’s a national phenomenon with 48 million people projected to play pickleball this year,” said Arizona-based entrepreneur Kevin J. Berk. “Pure Pickleball will cement Scottsdale, Arizona, as the best place to learn, play and spectate this amazing sport.”
Berk joined Brett Warner, Kent S. Berk and David Warner in signing an agreement with real estate developer Caliber to develop an 11-acre site into the facility.
“Caliber has a rich history of investing in communities by developing properties and destinations that meet their growing needs,” said Brian Snider, senior vice president, real estate for Caliber. “The demand for pickleball continues to exceed all expectations. We are very excited to be a part of this project and believe there is strong interest in the opportunity to invest in such a promising venture. We see opportunity for growth in this concept nationwide.”