Showboat Resort in Atlantic City has upped its game of year-round family entertainment in South Jersey with the addition of its newly-opened indoor pickleball court.
A new custom-built court by Funky Pickle Productions that features a professional grade surface, first-in-class net hardware, paddles and Selkirk Sport balls is the first indoor court on the Jersey Shore Boardwalk.
The fast-paced, easy-to-learn sport has taken the country by storm, and Showboat has now made it easily accessible to residents and visitors of Atlantic City, whether they are longtime players of the game or novices looking to learn — guests can enjoy the indoor pickleball court all year long. The court is open to both the public and hotel patrons of all ages.
To celebrate the debut, Tower Investments CEO and Showboat owner Bart Blatstein hosted the ribbon-cutting and then joined Funky Pickle Productions founder and CEO Alex Greer to challenge Visit Atlantic City CEO and President Larry Sieg and Sales Director Patrick McCormick in the court’s first match.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, state Sen. Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Twp.) and other community leaders were also in attendance.
“Since announcing we are opening a pickleball court, the outpouring of interest and excitement has been overwhelming,” Blatstein said. “At Showboat, we are continually adding new non-gaming attractions and, with this new indoor court, we will be hosting tournaments, instructional clinics, post-play social gatherings and other pickleball entertainment. I want to thank the founder of Funky Pickle Productions, Alex Greer, for his innovation and commitment to the sport, which aligns perfectly with Showboat’s vision to provide pickleball players with a top-tier experience.”
As part of the opening celebration, the court is free for one-hour sessions the first month with reservations.