The Rise of Pickleball: Colorado’s New Indoor Pickleball Complex

Colorado’s largest indoor pickleball complex is set to open in Wheat Ridge, taking over the former Lucky’s Market location at West 38th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. The 35,000-square-foot space will be transformed into 13 pickleball courts, complete with a bar and lounge area for players to enjoy apr├Ęs-smacking snacking. The complex, called 3rd Shot Pickleball, is set to open on October 1st after signing a 10-year lease with building owner Quadrant Properties.

Adam Kahn, long-time owner of the Meadow Creek Tennis & Fitness Club in Lakewood, has joined forces with Max Ireland, an experienced hospitality and restaurant manager, to launch 3rd Shot Pickleball. The name of the complex comes from the importance of the third hit of a point in pickleball, which determines the effectiveness of the overall point 80% of the time.

The Lucky’s building turned out to be the perfect location for a pickleball complex due to its spacious dimensions, including 25-foot-high ceilings and ample space for courts around support columns. Kahn and Ireland considered multiple sites before settling on the former grocer. The project will require an investment of nearly a million dollars.

Pickleball has been gaining popularity across the nation in recent years, but its rise has also led to complaints about the noise generated by the sport. Centennial temporarily banned the construction of new outdoor pickleball courts near residential areas to study the noise issue, and Denver shut down its pickleball courts at Congress Park due to similar complaints. Fortunately, the indoor location of 3rd Shot Pickleball in Wheat Ridge will alleviate any noise concerns for neighbors.

The opening of 3rd Shot Pickleball brings an end to the three-year mystery of what will occupy the prominent space at Wheat Ridge’s main retail center, The Corners. Wheat Ridge’s economic development manager, Steve Art, expressed excitement about the new use of the previously empty building, stating that it’s nice to see it finally put to good use.

The 3rd Shot Pickleball complex will feature 10-foot netting between the courts to prevent player collisions. The playing surface, similar to that used at the U.S Open tennis tournament, will have an acrylic topcoat to provide grip and consistency for the ball’s bounce. In addition to the bar, the facility will offer a range of drinks, including mocktails, smoothies, and shakes for younger players, as well as food options like pretzels, pizza, and chips with salsa.

With hours likely ranging from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on most days, with a potential extension to midnight on weekends, 3rd Shot Pickleball aims to accommodate a wide range of players. The facility will offer memberships, as well as courts for drop-in players, clinics, lessons, and league play.

While 3rd Shot Pickleball will undoubtedly face competition from existing and upcoming pickleball facilities in the area, Kahn and Ireland emphasize their local roots and community connection as assets. They take pride in being locals with nearly 50 years of combined experience living in Colorado.

As pickleball continues to grow in popularity, the opening of Colorado’s largest indoor pickleball complex in Wheat Ridge is an exciting development for enthusiasts of the sport. The 3rd Shot Pickleball complex offers a unique opportunity for players to enjoy the game year-round, regardless of weather conditions. The transformation of the former Lucky’s Market location into a thriving pickleball hub not only breathes new life into the retail center but also provides a space for players to connect, compete, and build a vibrant pickleball community.

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