By: Brandon Brown – Phoenix Business Journal
CHANDLER, AZ — Pickleball is one of the most popular and fastest growing sports in the country, and a Valley entrepreneur is taking the mostly outdoor game inside.
Mike Rodrigues, who is also the co-founder of Chandler-based True North Energies, started a new company called Pickleball Kingdom LLC and is working to open the nation’s largest indoor pickleball facility.
Pickleball Kingdom recently entered into a long-term lease for a former Gold’s Gym location in Chandler at the Chandler Sunset Plaza shopping center on the northeast corner of Ray and Rural roads. The plan is to turn the big-box gym into 16 indoor pickleball courts.
Expected to open in the first quarter of 2022, Pickleball Kingdom will be air conditioned, with locker rooms, a lounge, pro shop and snack bar with beer and wine.
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