Pittsburgh's largest indoor pickleball facility opens

PITTSBURGH, PA — The building that formerly housed the Wheel Mill in Homewood didn't sit vacant for long when the bike park closed in March. The old warehouse has been converted into the city's largest indoor pickleball facility, set to open next month.

The Pickleball Warehouse is the brainchild of Polish Hill couple Bryan Wigginton and Alexa Gervasi. They intend to make the massive space they are opening an inclusive home for Western Pennsylvania's pickleball community and a one-stop shop for players' needs.

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Wigginton and Gervasi appear poised to fill an obvious void in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The exact numbers depend on the source, but there is a consensus that pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, pickleball participation has increased by an average of more than 223 percent over the past three years.

According to the Pickleball Warehouse website, most of the 15 courts operate on an open play system, where players rotate between courts and competitors. With the open play system, players should be able to find a game at any time without having to organize a team of four.

But there will also be places in the warehouse that can be reserved by groups who want to play together.

According to the website, lessons will be offered and there will also be a pro shop with clubs, balls, apparel and snacks.

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