90 POWER DR. MANKATO, MN. – Nov. 11th, 2021 – The Picklebarn is pleased to announce it will have a ground breaking ceremony on Thursday, November 11th at 10am. The Picklebarn  will be located at 90 Power Drive Mankato, MN sitting at the corner of Victory and Power Drive.  

Owners Sidney and Mitch Elofson (28)  

were born and raised in Saint Peter, MN.  

They attended Gustavus Adolphus College  

for their bachelor’s degrees while playing  

tennis for the Gusties. After graduating  

from Gustavus, they went on to get their  

master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology  

and Sport and Exercise Psychology from  

Minnesota State University, Mankato.  

During this time, Sidney and Mitch spent a  

summer in Florida for an internship. This is  

where they fell in love with Pickleball!  

“Our dream is to make a place with a fun and healthy atmosphere where families and friends  can go to connect and be together” said Sidney and Mitch. “We want to give back to the  community that has given us so much. The impact our families have made on who we are is  something so special to us. The Picklebarn will be a place where families can make memories  which will last a lifetime. We have both been so blessed and could not be more excited about  the opportunity ahead. We know with our faith, family, and friends behind us this will be a truly  special place.” 

Sidney and Mitch have both dedicated their careers to working with athletes of all ages.  Running the Picklebarn will combine their passion for young athlete development, working  through physical and mental barriers, and the importance of living an active lifestyle. Their years 

of experience surrounding racquet and paddle sports will be a big part of what makes the  Picklebarn unique!  

About The Picklebarn  

The Picklebarn is a 27,000 square foot tournament grade pickleball facility where families and  friends can make memories and enjoy life together. With pickleball being the fastest growing  sport in the country, this premiere “pickleball first” facility will be a great addition to the Southern  Minnesota community.  

“We are incredibly excited to see a new facility dedicated to the fastest growing sport in the  country” said Joy Leafblad, Sports and Special Events Director, Visit Mankato. “Sidney and  Mitch’s investment in our community can put Mankato on the map for league and tournament  play. This isn’t just great for growing the sporting economy either. Pickleball is a great sport for  socialization that can be enjoyed at all ages, so it is a great livability asset as well. As odd as it  may sound, we have heard stories of people moving to communities that have opportunities to  play pickleball year-round. We are excited to see what the Picklebarn can do for the  community.” 

“The Mankato Area Pickleball Association is looking forward to the opening of this new indoor  facility and the opportunities it will provide for the pickleball players of the Mankato area” said  John Sandry, President, Mankato Area Pickleball Association. 

The Picklebarn will have eight dedicated pickleball courts in a climate-controlled environment.  The purposeful layout of the courts meets all the USA Pickleball standards for hosting USA  sanctioned tournaments and events. The Picklebarn will also offer Net Generation (10 and  under) tennis! Pickleball leagues, lessons, tournaments, drop-ins, and corporate team building  events are just a small portion of what this facility will offer! Pickleball has an easy to learn  format and it’s a great way to stay active in a social and fun way! Haven’t tried it yet? That’s ok!  There will be introductory sessions where you can learn or just come grab a paddle to try it out  with some friends! Be careful though, it’s addicting! 

APX Construction Group has been working with Sidney and Mitch for over a year to help create  the Picklebarn. The building materials have already been delivered to the land and site work has  begun.  

Jamie Jacobs, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, APX Construction Group said, “Pickleball  has gained such momentum over the years and The Picklebarn will bring added value to our  community. There is such a need for court space and we are thrilled to be working with the  Elofson’s to bring this sport to Mankato. Our team was able to lead them through all layers of  the process, from start to finish. The overall experience of the space and how that relates to the  design was very important to the Elofson’s. We were able to walk through all these details to  ensure we meet all their expectations. We are thrilled to get rolling on the construction with them  and see their dreams come to life.” 

Want more information about the Picklebarn?  

Follow along on one of our social platforms! The Picklebarn website will launch on Nov. 11th.  Website: www.picklebarnmn.com 

Instagram: @picklebarnmn 

Facebook: @picklebarnmn