Taktika Padel, Pacific partner on first pickleball/padel complex on U.S. college campus

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Rendering of Pacific's new pickleball/padel complex

The San Diego-based Taktika Padel, in partnership with University of the Pacific, is building the first ever pickleball and padel complex on an American college campus.

Construction has started on the Stockton Campus to create a 12-court complex – eight courts for the popular U.S. sport of pickleball and four for padel, a fast-growing racket sport in overseas markets. Located just north of Pacific’s Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, the venue, equipped with lights and video cameras for live streaming, is expected to be completed in fall.

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the U.S., nearly doubling in a year from 4.8 million players in 2021 to 8.9 million last year and expanding from an activity popular among seniors to growing among younger adults, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

Padel remains little known in the U.S., with only about 200 courts, mostly at private residences. But the sport, which started in Mexico in the late 1960s and grew in popularity in Spain in the 1980s, is now exploding across Europe, the Middle East and other regions of the world. It is the second most-played sport in Spain, behind only soccer.

Ryan Redondo, CEO of Taktika Padel, which is the leading padel operator in the Western U.S., said the Pacific partnership is central to the company’s plan to open 200 publicly accessible padel courts on the West Coast within the next two years. The Pacific venue would be only the fourth public padel courts in California and the first in Northern California, according to

pickleball rendering

Rendering of Pacific's new pickleball/padel complex

Taktika opened its first padel courts, inside the award-winning Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, in 2021 and earlier this year opened a second padel venue south of Los Angeles at Dignity Sports Health Park, home of the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

“Since Taktika’s inception, we have said that our driving motivation is to bring padel to as many different communities as possible so that everyone has the opportunity to experience this exhilarating sport for themselves,” Redondo said. “Central to our vision has been to develop padel among young people and introduce the sport into the college system in the U.S. This unique Pacific partnership provides us the springboard to do just that, and to embrace the popularity pickleball has already had in the United States with the popularity padel has had overseas.

“Our partnership with University of the Pacific is an American first, and I’m confident will pave the way for other college campuses to embrace these two insurgent racket sports as they gain popularity across our country.”

Gabriel Perez Krieb, chairman and co-founder of Taktika Padel, said while pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., padel is the fast-growing globally, with an estimated 30 million players worldwide in more than 90 countries.

Deloitte, the global consulting firm, said in its 2023 Global Padel Report that there are already nearly 40,000 padel courts internationally–more than double since 2019–and Deloitte projects that to more than double again to 85,000 in the next three years.

Krieb said the U.S. is expected to have 30,000 courts and 10 million players by the end of the decade. He said padel may be an Olympic sport by the Brisbane summer games in 2032.

pickleball rendering

Rendering of Pacific's new pickleball/padel complex

“Our driving force at Taktika Padel is the opportunity to grow and develop this support up the Pacific Coast and across the Western U.S. for communities that will, on the whole, be witnessing padel for the first time,” Krieb said. “We are delighted by the vision and ambition of Pacific to see the potential power of these two sports combined on one campus and hope it will prove a model to be rolled out at other universities in the years ahead.”

The majority of Taktika Padel’s ownership group also has invested in the San Diego Stingrays, one of the original seven franchises of the newly formed Pro Padel League, which debuted in Tampa earlier this summer.

Padel is often described as a hybrid of tennis, pickleball and squash. The court is about one-third the size of a tennis court with a 3-foot-high net and fully enclosed by 16-foot-high glass walls. The scoring is the same as used in tennis, yet the sport, like pickleball, is considered inclusive and accessible given the speed with which players can reach a reasonable standard of play.

Pacific women’s tennis head coach Mike Erwin brought the idea of a partnership with Taktika Padel to President Christopher Callahan, and an agreement was quickly reached, working closely with Redondo, who served as Pacific’s director of tennis and head coach for men’s tennis from 2010 to 2019.

Under the unique partnership, Taktika Padel will construct, operate and maintain the new complex, which is being built on a plot of unused university land adjacent to the Zimmerman Tennis Center and a practice soccer field on the western edge of the 175-acre campus.

Pacific students, faculty and staff will have free access to the new complex daily from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight and will be able to reserve courts during the day at a discounted price. The university will receive a portion of Taktika Padel’s gross revenue from the complex.

“This unique and powerful partnership will serve the Pacific community by providing two exciting new sports for our students to play while filling a great need in the Central Valley for more pickleball courts and introducing people to the exciting sport of padel,” the university president said.

Callahan added that the revenue share from the Taktika Padel partnership will help support and grow Pacific’s men’s and women’s tennis programs, which compete in the West Coast Conference. The 12-court Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, built in 2017 with a generous gift from Regent Eve Zimmerman ‘84, a former Pacific and pro tennis player, already is considered the best tennis venue in the conference.

“The addition of the padel and pickleball complex is a game-changer for our tennis programs,” Erwin said. “Having access to these fun, exciting and easy to learn sports on campus also will have a tremendous impact on Pacific as a whole. Increases in fundraising, student and community engagement and attendance at home contests are all expected outcomes of creating this racket sports eco-system.”

“Being able to work with President Callahan to make this concept a reality has been a valuable opportunity,” the coach said. “I believe, together with our partners at Taktika, we’ve blazed a trail that other institutions will follow.”

Pickleball and padel tournaments will be featured Oct. 14 at Pacific’s Homecoming and Family Weekend. The university also has plans to start a pickleball club team and intramurals with both sports.

About Taktika Padel

Taktika was established to provide comprehensive industry related production ranging from the installation of Padel courts to facility management and the development of programs and tournaments. Targeting the Western United States, Taktika’s founders include San Diego entrepreneurs Gabriel Perez Krieb, Armando Rodiel, Ascan Lutteroth, Ińigo Gonzalez Covarrubias, Francesco D'Arcangelo and Ryan Redondo. Taktika’s first established club, Taktika Padel, is based out of the award-winning Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. Home to one of the most successful tennis programs and centers in the world, the Barnes Tennis Center hosts an ATP 250 and WTA 500 level professional tennis tournament. Taktika’s second facility opened at the Dignity Health Sports Park, home of the Major League Soccer team, LA Galaxy, in Carson, California. For more information, visit: