In their experience with Sports Creek, the founders saw that volleyball had far more potential to capture casual fans and players in Houston than soccer, despite the sport’s global popularity. The number of adult outdoor volleyball leagues throughout the city has grown by 50% over the last two years. And Houstonia magazine declared in mid-2017 that volleyball was the city’s trendiest drinking game.
Pickleball — a badminton-tennis hybrid racquet sport — is one of the fastest growing games in the country, so pairing the two easy-playing activities together seemed like a great way to attract the primary audience Bumpy Pickle was after: casual athletes looking for a good time above all else in their exercise.
By offering leagues geared toward youth, men, women, and co-ed groups at different skill levels, Bumpy Pickle will ensure that competitors at all levels will find the challenge they’re looking for. Teams will be able to register for pickleball leagues for $160 per season, with multiple seasons running throughout the year. Similarly, sand volleyball teams will be able to register to join the contests for $360 per season. Each season will run eight games long with an additional two playoff matches.
In addition to leagues, courts will have open play times, meaning anybody can play some pickup sports without too much planning or investment. Reservations will also be available for corporate events, preseason and post-season team parties, camps, skill clinics, yoga, fundraising tournaments, and more. Bumpy Pickle will also generate revenue through affordable equipment rentals and merchandise sales.
For a growing number of young professionals and adults, public sports are a popular way to socialize with friends and co-workers; and for Houston’s growing population of transplants, Bumpy Pickle will be a great spot to make new friends. With a sociable sports bar, restaurant, and the bonding element of team sports built in to this public space, the environment is engineered to connect like-minded people in the community.
While the owners have a strong background in operating a sports complex, they will bring in outside experts to run the bar and restaurant components of the business. Experienced industry veterans will helm the food and beverage portions of Bumpy Pickle, and will add to the facility’s draw by crafting mouthwatering signature dishes and drinks.
Martinis and margaritas have been chosen as Bumpy Pickle’s staple cocktails for their novelty appeal and crowd-pleasing customizability, but a great selection of imported, domestic, and local beers will also be available for patrons. Special care will be taken over the creation of the appetizers and small plates as they’re the ideal size to share with teammates, consume as mid-game or post-game food, and complement the drinks.
However, those looking for a larger meal will also be able to find one at the restaurant, with a menu centered around Bumpy Pickle’s signature burgers and salads. Health-conscious with their grilled meat and vegetable components, they’re a fantastically tasty, guilt-free indulgence — and their strong margins make them an attractive option to serve as well as consume.
Whether people are looking for some exercise, food, or entertainment while they unwind with a cocktail, Bumpy Pickle will have something that appeals to everyone.