May 12, 2023 - Sports

D.C.'s first indoor space for pickleball opens in Edgewood

Photo: Chelsea Cirruzzo/Axios

A massive indoor pickleball and roller skating venue is now open in Edgewood.

Why it matters: It’s the city’s first indoor space dedicated to pickleball, the wildly popular sport that has led to a new Major League team and neighborhood battles over tennis courts.

What’s happening: The 70,000-square-foot Kraken Kourts, from the team behind Hook Hall and Kraken Axes, offers 14 pickleball courts.

  • Ten have attached cabanas for friends to sit in while games are going on.

The venue also has the only indoor roller skating rink in D.C. with six two-hour-long skate sessions each day.

Plus, Kraken Kourts has rows of picnic tables, cornhole, table tennis, and a fully stocked bar that offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Bar food, including snacks and mains, is served from 11am until close.

Paddle and skate rentals are available.

Photo: Chelsea Cirruzzo/Axios

Details: The space offers the opportunity for casual hangouts or full-blown corporate retreats. The venue will also offer some skill-based classes to help newbies and experts get acquainted with pickleball.

  • Prices start at $15 to book a pickleball court, and drop-in play costs $10. It’s $500 to book a pickleball party for two hours.
  • Two-hour open skate sessions cost $10 and skate parties start at $225.
  • Oh, and if you want the full venue to yourself? Be prepared to drop $2,000.

Yes, but: You don’t need to book anything. You can just come and hang out at a picnic table, eat some food, and watch pros and amateurs play.

Photo: Chelsea Cirruzzo/Axios

Be smart: While it does offer walk-ins, it’s better to book a court in advance as spots are filling up fast.

What we’re watching: The venue plans to bring in local pickleball leagues, including Volo, DC Fray, and ZogSports.

  • D.C.’s major league pickleball team is also a partner of Kraken Kourts — the team is even pictured in a mural on the wall.

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