‘The sport that is on fire’: Pickleballers excited for 2 new courts at Uptown mall

‘The sport that is on fire’: Pickleballers excited for 2 new courts at Uptown mall
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The pickleball courts are pictured.

Pickleball players are celebrating the opening of two new pickleball courts at the Uptown Shopping Centre this week.

Starting Friday, July 5, people can rent out the locations for a maximum of two hours per session, for $20 per hour.

Paddles and balls can also be rented for $10 per person, though players are welcome to bring their own equipment.

“It’s always a good day in the summer to play pickleball, but today is a special day because we’re here to play on the brand new courts at Uptown mall,” said Connie McCann, president of the Victoria Regional Pickleball Association.

“The sport is definitely still growing, we still call it ‘the sport that is on fire,’” she said.

McCann says in 2023, the Victoria Regional Pickleball Association had around 500 members. Just one year later, membership is now pushing 950 members.

“And you know we’re only the tip of the iceberg on that,” she said, adding that there are many more local players who aren’t members of the association.

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One of the new courts is pictured. (CHEK News)

Dubbed “The Courts,” the two pickleball courts at Uptown will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

They are located in the northern end of Uptown Boulevard, next to the Browns Socialhouse.

“The Courts at Uptown are the ideal location for pickleball in Greater Victoria,” said Kristy Lowes, Uptown general manager, in a release Thursday.

“We are thrilled to add outdoor recreation to the vibrant retail and restaurant offerings at Uptown.”

Pickleball has become a booming sport on Vancouver Island, with the region’s first ever dedicated indoor pickleball gym opening in Langford in April.

The sport’s popularity has also come with its own set of growing pains though, with players battling for indoor court time at rec centres, and outdoor courts being closed permanently in some communities due to noise complaints.

SEE ALSO: Paddles Up: Pickleballers use science to take up the fight against court closures

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