SIOUX FALLS – Huether Family Match Pointe has announced its plans for a four-court expansion that includes pickleball, of which the tennis center hopes to break ground next March. The organization has already raised $1.7 million and intends to raise an additional $1 million.
The expansion project will give the public facility 10 indoor tennis courts, which would be lined with 8 pickleball courts, adding almost 28,000 square-feet to the facility. The added space will allow for expanded programming to meet the needs of the growing Sioux Falls tennis community as well as the ability to run more and larger tournaments.
Match Pointe, housed on the Sanford Sports Complex, hosts 14 youth tournaments a year, including USTA National events and the NSIC Championships.
“Adding these courts will be instrumental in the number and scale of tournaments we can host,” said Match Pointe Executive Director Mark Vellek. “USTA National has wanted to give us additional and larger national tournaments, but we just don’t have enough courts to meet the requirements. Hosting these national tournaments is a great thing for the Sioux Falls community, and so far, every one we’ve hosted has had at least one local kid qualify.”
In addition to making an impact on the tournament scene, Match Pointe has a booming junior program that has been filling with about 400 participants each session. More than 200 adult players also utilize the facility. This past fall, pickleball found a new home at Match Pointe with daytime and evening play as well as one of the largest pickleball tournaments in the Midwest, the Midwest Pickleball Showcase.
“Our mission is to make tennis accessible to all, grow the game of tennis and create healthier, happier individuals through tennis,” Vellek said. “There is so much more we could be doing, but we are simply out of space. We have had to turn junior and adult players away and we want to be doing a lot more pickleball, but we only have so much space, and during nights and weekends we are completely full.”
Match Pointe and its Board of Directors has begun fundraising efforts to complete the project and have gift opportunities at a number of levels ranging from Primary Court Naming of $125,000 to $10,000 for Court Bench Naming. Any donation of $1,000 or more will receive recognition on the facility’s Donor Wall. For additional information, and to donate, go to playthepointe.com.