Aug 13, 2023 - Sports

Colorado's largest indoor pickleball complex slated to open in Wheat Ridge this fall

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A 35,000-square-foot indoor complex in Wheat Ridge β€” the largest in Colorado β€” is expected to open for play this fall.

Driving the news: The now-gutted former location of Lucky's Market at West 38th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard will soon be reopened as 3rd Shot Pickleball, complete with 13 courts, plus a lounge and bar.

  • It will offer a space for drop-in play, as well as classes and tournaments for all ages and skills, Westword reports.

The intrigue: "It's much harder to find a space for pickleball than you might think," co-founder Adam Kahn told the Denver Post.

  • But because of its 25-foot-high ceilings and ample space to set up support columns for courts, the former Lucky's building was a good fit.

Of note: The name, 3rd Shot Pickleball, is a nod to the third hit of a point β€” the most important moment in a rally, when a player can hit the ball without it having to bounce first.

What's next: Operators hope to open the complex on Oct. 1, the Post reports.

What to watch: An even bigger complex is in the works. Camp Pickle, a 70,000-square-foot facility, is slated to open in Centennial in 2024.

  • The space will feature 14 indoor and outdoor courts, plus a restaurant and bar, per the Post.
  • Kansas City-based Chicken N Pickle is also planning two venues in Parker and Thornton next year.

Go deeper: Colorado cities are in a love-hate relationship with pickleball


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