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Chicago-Based Pickle Haüs Announces Grand Opening Date of November 17, 2023 for Flagship Location in Algonquin



Highly anticipated pickleball facility and full-service restaurant will partner with local and industry-leading providers to enhance the experience

CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — Pickle Haüs, a state-of-the-art entertainment venue and eatery, announced its grand opening will be November 17, 2023. The 41,000 square-foot eatertainment destination will redefine the pickleball experience for enthusiasts and newcomers alike, combining 12 indoor pickleball courts with an exceptional restaurant, bar, two golf simulators, private event space and an outdoor dining patio.  

According to the Pickle Haüs leadership team, the new facility will combine top-notch pickleball courts, a robust food and beverage program with a goal of fostering community and creating exceptional experiences for guests. “At Pickle Haüs, we are intentionally creating a community where people can actively socialize and enjoy playing pickleball,” said Pickle Haüs co-founder Jeff VanDixhorn. “We’re also backed by a strong network of partners who will provide best-in-class resources, equipment and services to enhance the Pickle Haüs experience.”

To create the best experience for guests, Pickle Haüs has tapped top-of-the-line brands and vendors with an emphasis on local Chicagoland partners where possible. Companies supporting Pickle Haüs include:

  • Joola USA, a leading sports equipment brand, will provide a wide range of high-quality paddles and accessories.
  • Locally headquartered Wilson Sporting Goods will serve as the exclusive Pickle Haüs golf vendor, providing access to top-tier clubs, balls and accessories.
  • Backlot Coffee, a Chicagoland roastery, has created a special Pickle Haüs blend that will be served at the on-site coffee shop and available to purchase for home consumption.
  • Local baker West Town Bakery will provide their signature pastries and sweets, available during morning and midday play.
  • Full Swing, the golf simulator preferred by Tiger Woods, will offer guests an immersive and realistic experience for players of all skill levels.
  • Local software company Club Automation will provide the backend technology used to secure court reservations, book pickleball classes and lessons, and more.
  • Toast’s cloud-based restaurant management software will be used to support restaurant operations

The development of Pickle Haüs is a testament to the explosive growth of pickleball across the nation. Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the United States, with 85 percent player growth in 2022 and more than 36 million players nationally. According to Seymour Rifkind, founder of the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association and 2023 inductee to the Pickleball Hall of Fame, “Pickle Haüs fills a much-needed space for local pickleball. The development of a high-end facility like Pickle Haüs, and the enthusiasm we’re hearing from local players, is a testament to the explosive growth of the sport,” Rifkind said. “High-level competitors from across Chicago plan to be regulars at Pickle Haüs indoor courts this winter. We’re looking forward to seeing how Pickle Haüs will continue to fuel local and regional interest in pickleball.”  

In anticipation of the grand opening, guests can book courts at picklehaus.com. Pickle Haüs is located at 1621 Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102. For more information on the grand opening and events that will be happening throughout the week, go to picklehaus.com.

About Pickle Haüs
Pickle Haüs is an entertainment complex offering 12 new best-in-class pickleball courts, two state-of-the-art golf simulators, an outdoor courtyard, and an award-winning chef-driven food & beverage program that will feature a full-service restaurant and coffee bar. The restaurant and bar portion of the facility, including a custom menu, has been designed by Sheamus Feeley of Food is Family, formerly a Featured Chef at the prestigious James Beard House and part of the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour. The flagship 41,000 sqft location, fitted with a 1,500 sqft event space for private parties, will open in Fall 2023 in Algonquin, IL, with additional locations planned throughout Chicagoland in 2024 and 2025. Pickle Haüs founding partners include Benj Ecker, Jeff VanDixhorn, John McLinden, Graham Palmer and Kage Brown.

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Life Time Opens its First Ground-Up Pickleball Destination Featuring 8 Indoor and 7 Outdoor Courts on April 8

Chanhassen, Minn-based development offers 15 courts, viewing areas, bar and lounge, and luxurious dressing rooms all surrounded in a luxurious experience and adjacent to full-amenity club



CHANHASSEN, Minn. /PRNewswire/ — Life Time (NYSE: LTH) is celebrating National Pickleball Month with the opening of its first dedicated, ground-up pickleball development on April 8, 2024.

Life Time Chanhassen Pickleball is located adjacent to the Life Time Chanhassen, Minn., athletic country club and the Company’s headquarters. Spanning a total of nearly 46,000 square feet, the club features eight indoor and seven outdoor courts with accompanying viewing areas, a bar and lounge, dressing rooms, retail and more.

In 2021, Life Time committed to quickly become the premier destination for pickleball in the United States.
Life Time Chanhassen Pickleball is located adjacent to the Life Time Chanhassen, Minn., athletic country club and the Company’s headquarters. Spanning a total of nearly 46,000 square feet, the club features eight indoor and seven outdoor courts with accompanying viewing areas, a bar and lounge, dressing rooms, retail and more.

In 2021, Life Time committed to quickly become the premier destination for pickleball in the United States. Since that time, the company has grown as the largest owner and operator of pickleball courts, with more than 630 across more than 130 athletic country clubs. Life Time saw staggering growth in members embracing the sport from 2021 through 2023, and the popularity of pickleball continues to grow exponentially nationwide with more than 36.5 million pickleball players today. 

To continue Life Time’s efforts to elevate the profile, programming, leagues and community of tennis and pickleball, the Company created the Life Time Pickleball and Tennis Board in February 2024. Led by tennis legend and pickleball enthusiast, Andre Agassi, and Bahram Akradi, Life Time Founder, Chairman and CEO, the board will serve to further advance a vibrant racquet sports community within Life Time clubs and across the country by fostering awareness, excitement, and support for the sports among people of all ages and skill levels. Life Time already boasts lessons, leagues, clinics, tournaments and more for kids and adults.

Life Time members with a Premier membership will have the opportunity to experience the new destination’s pickleball open play, leagues, tournaments, skill building and much more. A limited number of memberships are available.

In Minnesota, Life Time operates more than 84 pickleball courts across 15 locations. For more information, including membership details, visit the Life Time Pickleball website.

Pictures of Life Time Chanhassen Pickleball can be found linked here.

About Life Time®
Life Time (NYSE: LTH) empowers people to live healthy, happy lives through its portfolio of more than 170 athletic country clubs across the United States and Canada. The Company’s healthy way of life communities and ecosystem address all aspects of healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment for people 90 days to 90+ years old. Supported by a team of more than 37,000 dedicated professionals, Life Time is committed to providing the best programs and experiences through its clubs, iconic athletic events and comprehensive digital platform.

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SPACEMOB Expands Reach Into Sports Programming, Live Events



OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — SPACEMOB, the global media company focused on distributing streaming content and FAST channels, is gearing up for an exhilarating year of sports entertainment. With an eye on the future, SPACEMOB is poised to revolutionize the streaming landscape with its pioneering approach to sports programming.

In the coming year, SPACEMOB will have an array of groundbreaking sports entertainment initiatives, including exclusive partnerships and live events. As the convergence of streaming and sports continues, SPACEMOB is at the forefront of this dynamic shift.

Recent projections indicate a significant rise in the number of US viewers streaming sports events, with estimates surpassing 90 million by 2025. This substantial increase underscores the growing demand for accessible and engaging sports content in the digital age.

Over the past few years, the fusion of major sports and streaming platforms has become increasingly prevalent. Notable examples include:

  • NFL Thursday Night games on Amazon Prime
  • WWE Raw migrating to Netflix
  • MLS games on AppleTV

In addition to the streaming platforms zeroing in on live sports, advertisers are keen on the opportunity as well, with The Trade Desk’s 2024 CTV Report declaring ‘this is the year of streaming live sports’ and citing that forty-nine percent of advertisers plan to increase their budget for programmatic live sports in 2024.

SPACEMOB is embracing the trends and has formed exclusive partnerships with two esteemed sports entertainment brands The Harlem Globetrotters and Monster Jam. Additionally, SPACEMOB has secured exclusive distribution partnerships for FAST Channels featuring professional pickleball on PickleTV, classic wrestling from the Savoldi wrestling archive and Ultimate Classic Wrestling, and Major Arena Soccer League action.

Moreover, SPACEMOB is ramping up its live sports programming, offering viewers an unparalleled experience with events like Tuesday Night Pickleball, a variety of MASL season matches, and live broadcasts from Globetrotters and Monster Jam events throughout the year.

Since 2020, SPACEMOB has witnessed an extraordinary trajectory in streaming. It boasts five active channels, three in development and more than 2,500 titles of TV programming that collectively had viewership reaching nearly 1.5 billion minutes in 2023. The implications of these partnerships are profound, with the potential to reshape the landscape of sports entertainment in streaming and offer fans unprecedented access to their favorite sports and events.

SPACEMOB is a global media company – built in the age of streaming-with a focus on creating original content, distribution, and FAST channel development. For inquiries, please contact: Danielle Bourassa Head of Distribution and Partnerships danielle@space-mob.com


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Pickleball Kingdom Location Announced in Hendersonville, Tennessee



HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn., /PRNewswire/ — Pickleball Kingdom, the nation’s leading indoor pickleball franchise, is delighted to announce its second Tennessee location at 90 Volunteer Dr., Hendersonville, TN 37075. This marks a significant stride in Pickleball Kingdom’s ambitious plan to establish 20 premier indoor pickleball facilities throughout the state.

Steven and Jaclyn Kilbas, esteemed franchisees of this new location, are poised to bring the joy of indoor pickleball to Hendersonville. Their dedication to the sport and commitment to fostering community engagement make their Hendersonville club a beacon for pickleball enthusiasts and novices alike.

Ace Rodrigues, Founder and CEO of Pickleball Kingdom, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This expansion is monumental. With the Kilbas family at the helm of our Hendersonville location, we are confident that this team will continue to benefit and transform the pickleball community in Tennessee.”

A New Hub for Pickleball in Hendersonville
Pickleball Kingdom’s newest facility in Hendersonville boasts approximately 39,000 square feet and 12 state-of-the-art indoor courts tailored to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels. With a focus on inclusivity and accessibility, the venue aims to serve as a focal point for pickleball enthusiasts. Some of the offerings of the club will include leagues, open play sessions, tournaments, and professional instruction.

“Pickleball is more than just a sport; it’s a community,” said Steven Kilbas. “Our vision is to establish an inviting environment where everyone, from beginners to seasoned players, can enjoy the game. Hendersonville is the perfect location.”

Invitation To Prospective Franchisees
As Pickleball Kingdom continues to expand to new locations around the country, the company invites driven individuals to consider joining its franchise family. Prospective franchisees will benefit from a unique opportunity to be part of the rapidly growing sport, with comprehensive support from the Pickleball Kingdom team.

“This is an unparalleled opportunity to be at the forefront of one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation,” commented Rob Streett, COO of Pickleball Kingdom. “The potential for growth is limitless, and first mover advantage is still available in many markets.”

For more information about franchise opportunities with Pickleball Kingdom, visit www.pickleballkingdom.com/franchise

About Pickleball Kingdom
Pickleball Kingdom is the premier indoor pickleball franchise in the United States, dedicated to promoting the sport of pickleball through high-quality facilities, instruction, and community engagement. With a vision to create a nationwide network of pickleball venues, Pickleball Kingdom is poised to redefine the landscape of recreational sports.

For up to date information about the Pickleball Kingdom Hendersonville location, follow them on social media.
Facebook: Pickleball Kingdom Hendersonville
Instagram: Pickleball Kingdom Hendersonville (@pickleballkingdom.hendersonvil)

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