USA Pickleball National Indoor Championship returning to Hoover in June

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USA Pickleball has chosen to return to Hoover’s Finley Center to play the 2nd Annual USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships on June 7-11. (USA Pickleball/Facebook)

USA Pickleball has chosen to return to Hoover’s Finlay Center to play the 2nd Annual USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships on June 7-11 

Nearly 1,000 players from all over the country are expected to participate, all competing in age/skill brackets. 

Unfamiliar with Pickleball? The easy to learn and play game is a hybrid of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. In 2021 it was declared the fastest growing sport in the United States by the  Economist. 

Explosive Growth

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(USA Pickleball/Facebook)

Participation in the sport has grown grew 39.3% in the past two years with more than 4.8 million people playing the game at least once a year.

“It is an honor for the City of Hoover to host the USA Pickleball National Indoor National Championship for the second year in a row,” said Hoover Mayor Frank V. Brocato. “We continue to see this sport growing in our city.  Hosting the tournament will only add to that enthusiasm. I know the tournament participants will receive great hospitality from our city staff, residents, businesses, and community.  We look forward to another great event!”

The National Indoor Championships will feature five days of events featuring singles, doubles and mixed doubles in skill/age brackets. Gold medalists from each division will receive a pre-registration spot for the 2022 USA Pickleball National Championships. The sport’s premier event will be played at Indian Wells, California on November 5 – 13, 2022.  

Registration for the 2022 USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships is officially open at pickleballtournaments.com.

Finley Center Ideal for Tournament

Hoover’s Finley Center is ideal for the national tournament. The state-of-the-art sports complex and event venue  will transform its 83,000 square feet of indoor playing space into 28 pickleball courts, and feature a Stadium Court for championship play.

“Aside from being an outstanding facility, the complex also offers Hoover RV Park and plenty of parking for players and spectators alike. We couldn’t have asked for a better facility to stage our indoor championship,” said Stu Upson, USA Pickleball CEO.

 For more information on the 2022 USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships, visit USAPickleball.org and follow @USAPickleball on social media

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