Two new state of the art racquetball courts are being added to the renovations at the downtown YMCA. The courts are being made possible through a donation from the Sioux Falls racquetball community.
"We needed to try and keep our constituency together. There's a huge group of people that play racquetball in this community and it's had a long, long history. That history has primarily been center at the YMCA," Jeff Scherschligt said.
Scherschligt, a member of the YMCA Board of Directors and avid racquetball player, and Mark Griffin are guaranteeing the $250,000 needed for two new courts and improvements to two existing ones. The decision to chip in came after months of wondering how to create more court space.
"We looked at numerous options from the new tennis facility being built out at the Sanford Sports Complex to Woodlake, which is doing some remodeling of their facility, to talking to the Y about this possibility," Scherschligt said.
The two new courts will be located on north side of the YMCA's top floor, next to a college regulation basketball court. The interior walls will be glass to provide a clear view of the games.
Troy Stallings, a pro racquetball player and tournament director, says that feature will be unique when it comes to events.
"Competitive wise, there's nothing better than these courts. You won't see them anywhere in the country. The U.S. Open that's played in Minneapolis, they bring in a court like these courts that are going to be built here that are going to be used on a day to day basis," Stallings said.
Mike Gulick with the YMCA plans on adding programs for the youth so they can get into racquetball at an early age. The new courts should be available in May.