The USA Pickleball Middle States Regional Championships are projected to draw hundreds of pickleball players and fans to Springfield over the next two years.
The Springfield Sports Commission said Monday that the championships will be place June 1-4, 2023, and May 30-June 2, 2024, at Cooper Tennis Complex, situated at 2331 E. Pythian St.
According to a news release from the Springfield Sports Commission, Springfield secured the rights to host the events after a tough bid process over Milwaukee and Chicago.
"We anticipate this to be the largest and best pickleball tournament in the state of Missouri," said Roberto Camara of Pickleball Blast, a Branson pickleball organisation, in a news release.
The USA Pickleball Association, the sport's official national regulatory body, created as a nonprofit in 2005, hosts the Middle States Regional Championships.
Gold medalists from the Middle States Regional Championships proceed to the National Championships the following year