Sneak peak at this weekend’s Albany pickleball tournament

The pickleball courts are ready, and the seating area for spectators is out of this world. Talk about center court!

Nearly 200 pickleball players will compete in the 1st Annual Albany Capital Center Classic on Friday, Jan. 13, to Sunday, Jan. 15.

The public is welcome to watch. There is no entry fee. There is a concession stand on site. Registration is closed for players.

Around the Post Pickleball is running the tournament. Pickleball518 is sponsoring the tournament, along with Discover Albany, Albany Convention Center Authority, True Pickleball Club, Legacy Pickleball Club and Sportime Schenectady. Stop by the Pickleball518 table at the tournament and enter a raffle to win a Pickleball518 T-shirt.

The entrance to the convention center’s parking garage under the center is located at 7 Wendell Street, Albany, NY 12207. You can also access the visitor center via enclosed walkways from the MVP Arena, Renaissance Albany parking garage and the Empire State Plaza visitor parking lot.

Competition is broken down by skill level and two age brackets: 14-49 year olds and ages 50 and older. Bleachers are set up for spectators. 

Here is the schedule: 

9:00 am Women’s Doubles: 3-3.5 18-49
9:00 am Women’s Doubles: 4-4.5 50+
12:30 pm Women’s Doubles: 3-3.5 50+
3:00 pm Men’s Singles: 4-4.5 18-49
5:00 pm Men’s Singles: 3-3.5 18-49
7:00 pm Men’s Singles: 3-3.5 50+

9:00 am Mixed Doubles: 3-3.5 18-49
12:00 pm Mixed Doubles: 4-4.5 50+
3:00 pm Mixed Doubles: 3-3.5 50+
6:00 pm Mixed Doubles: 4-4.5 18-49

9:00 am Men’s Doubles: 3-3.5 18-49
11:30 am Men’s Doubles: 3-3.5 50+
1:30 pm Men’s Doubles: 4-4.5 18-49
3:30 pm Men’ Doubles: 4-4.5 50+

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