When the Westport Beach Club closed its doors in 2009, it left a void in Kansas City's sand volleyball community. To date no facility has opened in the urban core to fill that need. However, help is on the way. Thunder Beach (www.thunderbeachusa.com) will open operations in Kansas City in 2014.
The owners of Thunder Beach have constructed 10 complexes in three states. One of their first projects was Volleyball Beach located in Martin City. The new facilities will be in Belton, MO and Shawnee, KS. This locations aren't in the urban core, but new locations are currently being evaluated in the Martini Corner (31st & Oak) and Waldo (75th & Wornall). Either of these locations would help ease the pain of the over 500 players that were displaced when the Beach Club shut down.
Thunder Beach offers a unique concept. Instead of building stand alone facilities, they construct courts as an add-on for family fun centers, bars and restaurants. The idea is provides Thunder Beach with great locations, while adding value to business owners in the form of increased bar and food sales for their already established business.
The Kansas City Sport & Social Club (www.KCSportandSocial.com) will be assisting Thunder Beach in managing leagues and tournaments at Aaron's Family Fun Center (http://thunderbeachaarons.com/) and at Park Lanes (http://thunderbeachparklanes.com/). Tim McCormack, President of Thunder Beach explained, "There were less than 400 sand volleyball players in Omaha when we constructed our first facility in the 90's. Now there are 12 sand volleyball facilities in Omaha. I can definitely see the growth potential in Kansas City."
More information on the spring leagues will be available in the coming weeks. Check the Thunder Beach site and the Sport & Social site to get all of the latest details on Spring leagues.