Fountain Valley’s Pickleball courts are back in action for the National Pickleball California Open at Los Cab Sports Village from March 6-8 2020. Watch amateurs and pros compete for a $24,000 purse and tear it up in singles, doubles and mixed matches.
National Pickleball California Open
The National Pickleball California Open is run by Seth Burleigh, COO of Advanced Sports Media (the parent company of National Pickleball.) National Pickleball started in 2018 and has been successful in it’s youth.
“The first tournament was so well received for (National Pickleball) being the new kid on the block. It’s satisfying that we were unknown in October 2018 and our first event in 2019 got 300 people!”
With successful turnouts in their 2019 events, National Pickleball isn’t stopping in Fountain Valley! They will hold the second annual West Coast Classic in Santa Monica, April 3-5, and have several other events lined up in 2020. For photos of the last tournament check out National Pickleball’s Instagram.
Experience FV is an official sponsor of the National Pickleball California Open. Along with Silky Sullivan‘s who is the Title Sponsor for the Tournament will be hosting an after-party on March 7th after the last game.
Experience FV will be organizing food donations for volunteers, vendors booths and promotions for the tournament.
Los Cab Sports Village will be opening up their courts for the tournament. Los Cab is graciously allowing players to use their amenities for free, while friends and families may use the amenities for a nominal daily fee ($10 adults, $5 children, per day).
Volunteers are needed for set-up and tear-down as well as other duties during the event. For information to volunteer contact National Pickleball on their website.
A $24,000 purse has drawn out-of-state players from Seattle, Arizona and Utah to compete with Californians. Medals will be awarded for the first, second and third place winners.
“The California Open is one of the largest Pickleball events in California, with about 20% of the participants coming from out-of-state,” said Seth Burleigh.”
Listed below are match times and skill levels.
March 6 – Friday: Singles – Pro, Sr. Pro, and Age/Skill (Non-Pro)
** March 6 – Friday at 6:00pm – Charity Pro-Am **
March 7 – Saturday: Mixed Doubles – Pro, Sr. Pro, and Age/Skill (Non-Pro)
March 8 – Sunday: Men’s & Women’s Doubles – Pro, Sr. Pro, and Age/Skill (Non-Pro)
Have you ever wished you could play with your favorite pro? Now you can! Fans will be able to bid to play with their favorite pro, with half the proceeds going directly to the pro and other half going to the American Red Cross.
The Charity Pro-Am will occur on Friday March 6th at 6 p.m.
Where To Watch
Anyone can watch for free! Come to Los Cab Sports Village and watch the matches between March 6-8. Matches start at 8 a.m. and end mid/late afternoon.
Don’t want to go to the courts? The tournament will be live streamed on the National Pickleball Facebook.
Los Cab Sports Village is located at 17272 Newhope St., Fountain Valley, CA.
Silky Sullivan’s The Title Sponsor for the Tournament will be hosting a huge after-party on Saturday March 7th. After the last match of the day head on over to the pub and unwind with live music and food specials.
Silky’s has the ORIGINAL Orange County Buffalo Wings! A Recipe from regular and friend, Pat McMullen, found it’s way to Silky’s way back in 1984! Pat is from Buffalo, New York – the home of buffalo wings.
“We were the first place in Orange County to serve buffalo hot wings in 1984,” Dan Madden, owner of Silky’s, said. “Pat came in, went into the kitchen and showed the guys the best way to make it.”
Silky Sullivans is located at 10201 Slater Ave, Fountain Valley, CA 92708.
How To Play
Do you want to pick up a paddle and make new friends? Pickleball has an all-ages philosophy.
“The sport can be played by anyone. Pickleball is low-impact and the barrier to entry is low. There’s enough public courts that you don’t have to pay to play,” Seth Burleigh said.
Check out the Fountain Valley Pickleball Club for a calendar of court dates and future events.
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