FORT COLLINS, CO – Officials with Triple Crown Sports, longtime event producer in the youth and collegiate arenas, have formalized plans for its inaugural celebration of the sport of pickleball with PickleCon 2024, slated for Aug. 8-11 at the Kansas City Convention Center.
The event will feature space for 60-plus vendors and more than 100 pickleball courts, but that only scratches the surface of special touches this high-impact setting will provide.
“We have developed a great relationship with Kansas City through our volleyball NIT event and are excited to build on that by bringing PickleCon to the area,” said PickleCon director Alyssa Morrison. “Kansas City is centrally located, provides diverse attractions for tourists, and has embraced the pickleball community already. The city will be a perfect setting for all pickleball enthusiasts to experience this unique event together.”
PickleCon is an all-inclusive, all-encompassing pickleball experience designed to intrigue people new to the sport as well as everyday amateur players and tournament-seasoned competitors. Triple Crown will dig into what drives the national passion for the sport with tournament play, camps/clinics, wheelchair/adaptive play, pro interactions, open play, panel discussions, breakout educational sessions and a variety of community-based activities, charity events and networking opportunities – something for everyone.
“Our collaboration with Triple Crown Sports has been a mutual benefit since day one,” said Kathy Nelson, President & CEO of Visit KC and the Kansas City Sports Commission. “It’s also clear that KC is passionate about pickleball. We’re privileged to be working with a trusted partner on this entirely unique event as Visit KC and the City of Kansas City prepare to welcome fans from across the country.”
Helping spread the word about PickleCon and offering their insights are a variety of leaders in the sport, including:
Art of Coaching Pickleball KC Crew Major League Pickleball
Lavender Pickleball Club DUPR Waterfall DUPR Collegiate Pickleball
Chicken N Pickle Paddletek KaSandra Gehrke (Pro)
DUPR Selkirk Joey Farias (Pro)
Gamma Minor Leage Pickleball Rick Witsken (Pro/NPL)
Pickleball Librarian Funky Pickle Pickleball Management Group, LLC
Engage Core Pickleball PicklePlay
New Belgium Brewing JustPaddles KITCH Pickleball
The Dink Franklin Sports SW19 Tennis and Pickleball
National Collegiate Pickleball Association
About Triple Crown Sports
Triple Crown Sports has been producing youth, high school and collegiate events in multiple sports for more than 40 years. Based out of Fort Collins, Colo., TCS operates more than 200 events, camps and clinics across the country and Mexico in baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball.
After nearly two years of extensive research and development, TCS is set to make a grand entrance into the world of Pickleball. Engaging with industry experts, enthusiasts, and key stakeholders, TCS has diligently gathered insights and feedback to ensure that our foray into Pickleball caters to the needs and desires of players and fans alike. PickleCon has been collaboratively built by players, fans, brands and others to ensure a one-of-a-kind experience in the sport.