The opening of Courtside Sports in Manteca is a dream come true for those involved.
The estimated 25,000-square-foot indoor sports facility at 450 Commerce Ct. was over three years in the making.
This journey by owners Joelle and Bruno Machado had several obstacles to clear, from increased cost in materials not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was great to see six different sports being enjoyed by so many and all at the same time in our gym – it was beyond awesome,” said Bruno Machado, referencing the recent soft opening from a few weeks ago featuring the local Catholic Youth Organization basketball teams in tournament action.
Fittingly, he and Facilities Manager Allan Rodriguez were once involved with CYO back when their kids were young.
A grand opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce – part of the monthly coffee mixer – was held in March.
In attendance were representatives from the local businesses, dignitaries and elected leaders such as Manteca Mayor Ben Cantu, Vice Mayor Charlie Halford and councilmembers Gary Singh and David Breitenbucher, to name a few.
“This place is huge. It reminds me of an airplane hangar,” said Mike Andersen, representing San Joaquin County Board of Supervisor Tom Patti.
Jason Laughlin, who is the Field Representative for Assemblyman Heath Flora, called Courtside Sports “a beautiful facility.”
District Director Rhodesia Ransom for the office of Congressman Josh Harder mentioned the importance of Courtside Sports to the community.
“We need places this where our kids can be active – where we can be active,” she said.
Work by Mid Cal Constructors of Stockton began in July in the area behind Home Depot in Spreckels Park. The building design was by Eric Wohle of LDA Partners.
Courtside Sports feature 21,000 square feet of playing surface, with three full-size basketball courts, five volleyball courts with a NCAA-height requirements, and sets up for futsal (indoor soccer), pickleball, badminton and wrestling being available for rental.
Youth and adult sports along with travel basketball and volleyball teams can now enjoy the creature comforts of the newest sports facility in the area.
Information is available at www.CourtsideSportsManteca.com.