New Trend in Venues: The Sports and Entertainment Complex

Still an evolving concept, the sports and hospitality-specific facility first came to prominence with the appearance of TopGolf. So really, it was only a matter of time before someone enlarged on the concept – and in the process, incorporated one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States to create an indoor/outdoor entertainment venue. And if it’s successful, sports contractors may find their skills in demand to help create others.

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Chicken N Pickle is a new entertainment complex that includes a casual dining restaurant, eight pickleball courts (four indoor, four outdoor), a bar and entertainment space, rooftop deck, food trucks, outdoor lawn games like cornhole, bocce and Jenga, and a living room with fire pits and TV screens to complete the sports bar theme.

The only questions: Why didn’t someone do this sooner? And where will the next one pop up?

Chicken N Pickle is also strategically positioning itself to engage the community by hosting leagues in doubles and mixed doubles, as well as skill clinics and lessons. Like athletic clubs, it’s open seven days a week and has an onsite pro.

Whether other sports – basketball, tennis and more – will follow the lead of Chicken N Pickle (or TopGolf, for that matter) remains to be seen. And to be fair, sports facilities have long hosted social gatherings; examples include table tennis, mini-golf, bowling alleys, baseball training centers with batting cages and so on – the difference is that in the case of Chicken N Pickle and TopGolf, the facility is set up for both hospitality and sports, without making one ancillary.

Are any ASBA members involved in upcoming projects? Were any involved with designing or building Chicken N Pickle’s facilities? If so, tell us about it!

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