Salem to host first USA Pickleball sanctioned tournament in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The first USA Pickleball-sanctioned tournament is coming to the Roanoke Valley’s very own City of Salem!

On April 2, the city announced that it will host the “Picklebrawl in Virginia’s Blue Ridge” at the newly renovated Moyer Sports Complex from September 13 to 15.

The major pickleball championship is expected to bring up to 450 players from the Mid-Atlantic region. To bring the vision to life, Performace Pickleball was chosen to organize the tournament.

Performance Pickleball opening second Virginia facility in Roanoke

“The tournament represents the desire of so many to collaborate and innovate as the Roanoke Valley becomes a vibrant hub for pickleballers throughout the region and beyond,” said Jon Laaser, the Performance Pickleball COO and tournament organizer.

The pickleball tournament will kick off on the second weekend in September. This will mark as the first tournament to battle on the Moyer Sports Complex’s 13 new pickleball courts.

“Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States,” said John Shaner, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Salem. “This addition will complement and add to what we already host here at the Moyer Sports Complex in Virginia’s Championship City.”

For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to WFXRtv.