PHILADELPHIA PA – More pickleball courts seem to be headed toward Montgomery and Chester counties in a very big way, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported Wednesday (Jan. 17, 2024).
Dill Dinkers, a Maryland-based owner and franchiser of indoor pickleball complexes, has signed what it calls “regional developer agreements” to build and open 14 facilities in future years across the two-county area, Journal Senior Reporter John George wrote.
The development team selected for the area is already scouting locations to accommodate what George’s article said were facilities of about 15,000 square feet and larger. They are expected to attract a growing legion of pickleball fans who enjoy the fast-moving sport’s combination of facets from tennis, badminton, and ping-pong.
No specific time frame for their completion was mentioned. However, the developers told the Journal they hope to open at least two facilities during 2024. Other Dill Dinkers centers elsewhere are planned for or already operating in former warehouses, other sports-related buildings, and shopping centers and malls.
The company says it provides members and visitors with “indoor courts with fences and outdoor surfaces, event space, a ball machine, and a state-of-the-art reservation system.” Court centers are heated and well-lit, and additionally offer “clinics, private and semi-private lessons, leagues, business advertising, and rental for private events.”