Hoover Met Complex to Host 2021 USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships
7 Jun, 2021
USA Pickleball has chosen the Hoover Met Complexto be the host of the inaugural USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships this month. The event will take place June 8-12 at the Finley Center. The Indoor Championships is designated as a Qualifying Event for the 2021 USA Pickleball National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California later this year. Additionally, gold medalists at this event in the Skill/Age, Age-Only, and Open Divisions will receive preregistration to the 2021 National Championships. Initially scheduled for June 2020, the event was postponed to this year due to COVID-19.
“We are very excited to bring the inaugural USA Pickleball National Indoor Championships to Hoover,” said USAPA Chief Marketing Officer George Bauernfeind. “There are over 800 players, exceeding our expectations given the one-year postponement, and they are ready to experience this world-class city.”
Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato said “The Finley Center is a wonderful place for all kinds of events. Pickleball is no exception. We are happy to have USA Pickleball Association’s inaugural National Indoor Championships in Hoover. While they are here, I know the participants will receive great hospitality from our city staff and residents. We look forward to a great event!”
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. It is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. The sport is played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net. Pickleball can be played as doubles or singles, and with simple rules it is easy for beginners to learn. The Hoover Met Complex offers indoor pickleball during our Open Gym hours at the Finley Center.
USA Pickleball is the national governing body for the sport of pickleball in the United States. They provide players with official rules, tournaments, rankings, and promotional materials. USAPA’s mission is to promote the development and growth of pickleball in the United States and its territories.
About the Hoover Metropolitan Complex: The Hoover Metropolitan Complex (HMC) is a world class, multi-sport and event complex located in Hoover, AL. The HMC includes the Hoover Met Stadium, the state-of-the-art Finley Center with Hoover Climbing & Adventure, an RV Park, outdoor baseball complex, multipurpose fields, a tennis center, and all-inclusive playground and splash pad. The Hoover Met Stadium has served as the home of the SEC Baseball Tournament since 1998. The Hoover Metropolitan Complex is owned by the City of Hoover, Alabama. HMC is a member of the SFM Network, the nation’s largest and fastest growing network of sports facilities, and is operated by the industry-leader in outsourced operations, Sports Facilities Companies.