Move over, pickleball — a new trendy sport is taking over Brooklyn.
Padel Haus, purveyor of the Mexican racket sport padel, is opening a massive brand-new facility in Dumbo on August 1.
The massive 24,000-square-foot converted warehouse will hold four padel courts, a juice bar, an outdoor terrace, locker rooms, and rain showers. When it officially opens its doors next month, Padel Haus will offer free 15-minute lessons with coaches to introduce first-timers to the rapidly-growing sport.
“In the year since we brought padel to New Yorkers for the first time, we have witnessed the popularity and appeal of this distinctive racket sport, with waiting lists and a surge in demand to play,” said Padel House CEO Santiago Gomez in a statement. “With a new facility, we want to introduce even more people to padel, which is why we’re proud to offer introductory complimentary sessions with our world-renowned coaches for anyone that wants to get on court and experience this exhilarating sport for real.”
Padel is played on a court similar in size to a doubles tennis court, with one major difference — padel courts are closed-in with high glass walls, which players can bounce balls off of. The fast-moving sport is considered a little less taxing than regular tennis, and the equipment is slightly different — though the play style and point system is very similar.
Last year, Padel Haus opened its flagship location in Williamsburg. Earlier this year, the company premiered a an outdoor pop-up padel court in Domino Park — the first outdoor padel court in New York City. More than 8,000 players have tried their hand at padel across the two locations so far, according to Gomez, and he is excited to bring the sport to a new audience in Dumbo.
“To open our second permanent location, and our third overall, in New York City just one year after the opening of Padel Haus Williamsburg is a moment of huge personal pride, but more importantly marks an exciting moment for New Yorkers who are hearing more and more about padel arriving on American shores,” he said. “Dumbo is an ideal neighborhood for our offering, brimming with independent businesses, start-ups and a diverse population – which reflects the global sport of padel itself.”
Padel Haus offers padel classes for all ages and skill levels through the Padel Haus Academy as well as annual memberships for regular padel players — though nonmembers can also book time on the courts for a slightly higher fee.