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Indoor pickleball facility coming to Salt Lake City, other Utah cities

SALT LAKE CITY — The pickleball craze is far from over. Things are only getting warmer in some places: Salt Lake City itself will get its first large-scale indoor pickleball facility later this year.

Utah-based pickleball franchise The Picklr has announced three new locations in Utah, set to open over the next six months.

Each location will feature at least eight indoor courts, a full pro shop, private event space, unlimited league play, tournaments and open play, according to a news release.

The three new locations in Salt Lake City, Weber and Utah counties will join six existing locations in the state. The Salt Lake City location will open in early fall, and the company expects to open the Farr West, Weber County location and another location in the Lehi area of ​​Utah County in late fall.

“Expanding in Utah is especially meaningful for our company because it is not only our home state, but also where The Picklr started,” said Jorge Barragan, co-founder and CEO of The Picklr, which is headquartered in Kaysville.

The company was co-founded in 2021 by two friends who went to high school together in Ogden. It started with six locations in Utah (Logan, Sandy, Uintah, Kaysville, St. George and West Jordan) and since switching to a franchise model it has blown up across the country – in just eleven months the company sold more than 300 pickleballs locations .

But the founders haven’t forgotten their Utah roots. After all, Utah gets some of the credit for making pickleball a national sensation.

“Pickleball was founded outside of Seattle, Washington, but true pickleball players will say pickleball was grown in the state of Utah,” says Kathryn Bullough, chief marketing officer at The Picklr.

More professional pickleball players came from Utah than any other state in 2022, Bullough said. The state also has relatively temperate weather, allowing both professional and novice players to play the course for up to nine months of the year.

Utah has also done a good job building and maintaining free outdoor courts, she said.

But these first-come, first-served outdoor courts aren’t enough to meet the demand for pickleball, Bullough said. And they have their problems: wind, sun, long lines and difficult maintenance.

“The indoor experience is so much more fun to play because it’s always the same experience,” she said. “Court availability is a big problem in pickleball… as a member you book your court.”

The Picklr has some competition with other indoor pickleball venues in Utah County, an area Bullough described as a “hotbed” for pickleball.

Their plan? To move forward with full speed.

“We absolutely love being in Utah and being from Utah,” she said. “I expect a few more locations in 2025.”