Feb 21, 2024 - News

Raleigh pledges $10 million to massive racquet sports complex

Swing Racquet + Paddle is building an ambitious complex for pickleball and tennis in Brier Creek. Photo: Swing Racquet + Paddle

Swing Racquet + Paddle is building an ambitious complex for pickleball and tennis in Brier Creek. Rendering: Swing Racquet + Paddle

An ambitious project to build one of the country's largest racquet sports complexes will begin construction this summer, its developers told Raleigh City Council on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Swing Racquet + Paddle, founded by local entrepreneurs Rob Autry and Jason DeGroff, is investing $125 million in the Brier Creek area and hopes to attract one million visitors a year.

  • The city of Raleigh this week also pledged $10 million in financial assistance for the facility, which being built on city-owned land at 6121 Mt. Herman Road.

Details: The complex has been in the works since 2018, and its scope has changed since then.

The final plans for the 44-acre facility, Autry told the Raleigh council, include:

  • 28 tennis courts
  • 25 pickleball courts
  • 16 padel courts
  • Beach tennis and volleyball courts
  • A ping-pong lounge
  • Restaurants, bars, a research center from Wilson and retail shops
  • A nature trail

By the numbers: Swing will pay $275,000 in annual rent to the city, with a 3% increase every year.

  • If paid out over 50 years — the terms of the lease — the city would reap $20 million.
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