9219 E Hidden Spur Trail
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
You might recall that in a recent email I talked about the Victorium, a new state-of-the-art gymnasium, that would be opening soon in Scottsdale and would offer pickleball play. The good news is that the Victorium opened last week and they have had quite a few pickleball players attending. As a matter of fact, as I am writing this, the next Round Robin Session has been “sold out” (more about this below).
I thought you might enjoy a tour of the Victorium which is not complete at this point, but parts of the facility, including the pickleball courts, are open to the public for use.
Here is an artist rendering of the outside of the building which is quite unique:
This is how the building looked on the afternoon of January 26th.
As I indicated, it is still under construction. There is a temporary entrance on the southeast corner of the facility until the rest of the facility is open in two weeks.
This view of the gym was taken from the catwalk..
Below is a view of the gymnasium from the opposite side of the facility. The arrow indicates where the Physical Therapy office entrance will be located!
The main focus of the Victorium is volleyball, but it is well designed to provide venues for a number of sports.
Getting down to the pickleball nitty-gritty, the photo below shows the lines on the floor. The pickleball lines are a “teal” indicated by the white arrows. Calling some shots may be a bit tricky because of the similar colors, but the courts appear to be player friendly. (Full disclosure – I have not yet played at the Victorium)
NOTE – In my opinion the glare was not as bad as it shows in the pictures, but I wasn’t playing pickleball. I think the angle form which I was photographing might have increased the glare effect.
Here is another area of the gym floor with lines (teal is pickleball).
Pickleball nets are a sturdy, roll-about type which should help maintain the middle vertical bar since they are not taken down and set up over and over again.
Instead of traditional, pull out, aluminum bleachers, there are rows of plastic seats.
Giant television screens are mounted on the walls which will serve as scoreboards, etc.
The gymnasium is aesthetically pleasing which unfortunately isn’t going to add any points to my game! : )
The comfort areas are well appointed with similar gender-specific facilities.
Another nice touch is a water bottle refill station as part of the drinking fountain.
The arrows in the picture below point to garage doors (right) which can be opened when the weather is nice. The topmost arrows point to basketball nets which can be lowered to accommodate hoopsters. The lone arrow on the left points to the office area at the Victorium.
During construction parking may be a bit of a challenge, but there does appear to be a good number of parking spaces around three sides of the building.
The Victorium is easily reached off of Pima Rd (see map below), but once inside the residential area, some GPS systems may be “confused.” The Victorium is located on Hidden Spur Trail. If you get a bit lost, you can look for either Verde Grove View or Hidden Spur Trail.
This is a view of the building from the corner of Verde Grove View or Hidden Spur Trail.
I hope you enjoyed the brief tour. If you want to play pickleball at the Victorium, I am putting links to their January and February offerings below. Please read the pages carefully. There are a variety of events including open play.
The Victorium has room for six pickleball courts. On days/times when round robin play and other events are in progress, open play may be limited or not available. I suggest you call first. Dee Davison’s, contact information is on the flyer, and she may be the best contact.
$5 Daily Drop-In Play 7 am – 1 pm (scheduled events below reduce drop-in play hours)
NOTE – Some events require sign up in advance.
To see the Victorium’s Schedules, CLICK HERE!
***** Additional Information *****
- The large garage doors will have “netting” in place and can be opened when weather is nice.
- Except for tournaments, open play will be available from 7AM – 1PM for those who like early morning exercise. Check the attached schedules. Courts will be set up and ready at 7AM.
- There is a monthly pickleball membership fee of $40. Drop in play is $5. There is a potential that the Victorium will become a membership only facility.
- Pickleballs and paddles will be available for use at the Victorium. The paddles are sponsored by Selkirk.
- Until the snack bar and restaurant are open, it is OK for players to bring lunch and snacks.