What's with the name?
Ever since we announced our plans to build Bumpy Pickle, we get asked all the time... "What's with the name?". And what exactly is Pickleball anyways?
Since Pickleball is a relatively new sport, we want to make sure you know how incredibly fast the Pickleball trend has been growing across the country. According to Athletic Business, "More than 3 million players play pickleball in the United States and that number has been growing by more than 10 percent each year over the past decade."
Not only has the growth been exceedingly fast, the USA Pickleball Association tells NBC News that, "Pickleball has had a 650 percent increase in numbers over the last six years, according to USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). The biggest subset of that growth is not in the over-60 crowd, says Justin Maloof, executive director of USAPA, but the younger set. “When the sport first caught on in the sunbelt states around 2009, it was at 55-plus centers and RV communities,” he says. “It snowballed from there. But these days, there are many municipalities and parks and rec departments that are setting up courts, making it accessible to a younger crowd.”"
This is where we come in.
With our experience in opening HTX Sports Creek, we have our finger on the pulse of what a younger demographic wants when it comes to recreational sports. And it involves food and drinks as much as it does a first-class athletic facility. That's why we're putting as much energy into the atmosphere of the bar & restaurant as we are the courts - ensure that our target audience of young professionals has everything they need for a perfect evening of exercise and entertainment.
You can see comparable venues to Bumpy Pickle successfully functioning and expanding in Des Moines, ID, Kansas City, KC, and San Antonio, TX. We couldn't be more excited to capitalize on this national trend in our own backyard in Houston.
Thank you to those that have already invested in us and we look forward to continuing to update you on the progress of the project!
-Bumpy Pickle team