WESTFIELD, Ind. (The REPORTER) — Brace yourselves, sports enthusiasts, because Grand Park in Westfield is gearing up to host a Winter Pickleball Festival like no other. Set to take place during the final two weeks of December, this event promises to be an exhilarating celebration of the popular sport.
Organized by the Grand National Racquet Center (GNRC), this festival is a collaborative effort involving pickleball professional John Moorin, Legacy Sports Group, Grand Park Sports Campus, and the Association of Pickleball Players (APP). With four tournaments, clinics, open play, and corporate outings on the agenda, it’s a pickleball extravaganza you won’t want to miss.
The Grand Park Events Center will serve as the hub for major tournaments and events, offering a unique indoor venue for players to enjoy the sport during the colder months. Owner Birch Dalton, although looking forward to the GNRC’s scheduled opening in 2025, recognizes the golden opportunity to bring pickleball to Westfield ahead of schedule.
Dalton expressed his excitement, saying, “Using the Grand Park Events Center now makes sense to help attract major tournaments and events in the future. We know that a tremendous asset like Grand Park will create a unique experience for pickleball players.”
The festival will also pave the way for the inaugural U.S. Collegiate Championship and Midwest Open, taking place from Jan. 3 to 7, 2024, at Grand Park. Both events will feature professional-grade pickleball courts, with a whopping 24 courts spread across an indoor soccer field.
Here’s a rundown of the scheduled tournaments:
- Dec. 16: Winter Pickleball Team Smash – Co-ed adult teams of all levels will battle it out in this tournament hosted by Elevate Sports.
- Dec. 18: Pickleball 4 Parkinson’s – A fundraising tournament benefiting the Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation.
- Dec. 20: Wine, Women & Pickleball – An event where women can enjoy pickleball while supporting the Little Red Door Cancer Agency with a glass of wine.
- Dec. 28 & 29: Midwest High School Pickleball Tournament – High school teams from Indiana and surrounding states will compete in this tournament.
But that’s not all! The festival will also offer opportunities for open play court rentals, clinics, and business partnerships for hosting tournaments or employee outings.
For more information and to get in on the action, be sure to visit HolidayPickleballFestival.com. This is a pickleball extravaganza that’s not to be missed!