Thursday, September 10, 2015

U.S. Open Pickleball Championships coming to Naples in 2016

Published September 9, 2015 -

NAPLES, Fla. - The Collier County tourism department believes Naples can someday become the pickleball capital of the world. That dream took steps toward becoming a reality Wednesday as construction began on the East Naples facility that will soon be home to the recreational sport’s national championship.

At East Naples Community Park on Wednesday morning, organizers for the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships unveiled a 10-foot by 15-foot logo for the event. The logo was put on the park’s outdoor racquetball court as construction on a new pickleball facility began later that morning.

“This county is so excited about being the host for the first pickleball championships,” Collier County commissioner Donna Fiala said. “We’re going to see one of the main focuses of this park be pickleball.”

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