Beer City pickleball tourney returns

Spectators welcome, free admission
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Beer City Open pickleball tourney returns to Grand Rapids July 18-23.

The Beer City Open Pickleball Championships are returning to Grand Rapids July 18 through July 23, 2023 at Belknap Park.

The Beer City Open draws a crowd. Courtesy photo.

“Since the Beer City Open began in 2018, the event has grown tremendously with the help of the local community,” said Mike Guswiler, president of the West Michigan Sports Commission. “West Michigan will benefit from nearly $1.6 million in visitor spending anticipated from this beloved event, establishing Grand Rapids a top destination for pickleball in the Midwest.”

The 2023 Beer City Open is expected to be the largest iteration in the event’s history, with the prize money reaching an all-time high of $100,000.

There are 21 designated courts at Belknap Park, 30 Coldbrook NE. Courtesy photo.

“This is the first year that the Beer City Open will host Professional Pickleball Association Tour Pro Players, making our tournament the first independent pickleball event of the year to have all professional players in attendance,” said Andrea Remynse Koop, Beer City Open tournament director and professional pickleball player. “We’re proud of how much we’ve evolved since our first tournament, which hosted 400 participants, into a growing event that welcomes over 900 athletes from 36 states and six countries.”

Sponsors include PepsiCo Beverage North America, Perrin Brewing, McClure’s Pickles, Elders Helpers, Priority Health and Paddletek. AHC Hospitality is the title sponsor of the event. Athletes and spectators are invited to stay at AHC Hospitality’s hotels, including the Amway Grand Plaza, which has its own rooftop pickleball courts.

Artist’s rendering of the rooftop pickleball courts at Amway Grand Plaza. File photo courtesy of AHC Hospitality

“We’re excited to host the pickleball players at our collection of hotels, and also support the economic impact this tournament will have on Grand Rapid businesses,” said Chad LeRoux, chief marketing officer of AHC Hospitality.

Admission is free for spectators. There’s some seating available, but bringing your own chairs is advised. Food trucks will be on site, but people are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. For more information on the tournament and to view the schedule, click here.

In addition to the Belknap Park courts, some matches will take place at an indoor facility located at GR Racquet & Fitness. Spectators should park in the DASH lots and use the free DASH bus as there is no spectator parking on site.

 

 

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