Exclusive: Patricio Misitrano and The Vision Behind The Sports Haus

May 31, 2024

We had the privilege of interviewing Patricio Misitrano, co-founder of The Sports Haus in New England. This in-depth conversation revealed insights into Patricio’s background, the founding of The Sports Haus, and the rapid growth of Padel in the region.

Patricio Misitrano’s journey into padel began in Buenos Aires, Argentina, around 1989. “I grew up playing a lot of sports,” Patricio shared, “and early on, I started playing tennis and then padel in the early ’90s.” His connection to Padel was immediate, participating in inter-club tournaments and matches with friends. Despite moving to the US in 2000 and a hiatus from the sport, Patricio’s passion for padel reignited about three years ago. “I started playing again, visited Miami a few times, and played there. Last summer, I played matches in New York,” he recalled. This rekindled passion led to the opening of The Sports Haus in October of last year.

The Sports Haus is a collaborative effort between Patricio and his partners, all of whom share a deep connection to racket sports. “One of my partners and I have known each other for over 30 years. We played in tournaments together as teenagers,” Patricio explained. The decision to establish The Sports Haus wasn’t a spontaneous one. “It wasn’t like we had this light bulb moment. One thing led to another, and I found a location that seemed perfect,” Patricio added.

The facility is impressive, spanning 35,000 square feet and featuring five padel courts, four pickleball courts, and two golf simulators. “We see a lot of crossover between pickleball and padel players,” Patricio noted. The Sports Haus is open to both members and non-members, making it accessible to a broader audience. “As far as I know, we’re the first place in New England with courts open to the public and the first in the US with indoor pickleball and padel,” he highlighted.

Opening The Sports Haus was just the beginning. The response from the local community has been overwhelmingly positive. “The response from everyone has been incredible,” Patricio Misitrano said. The club attracts players from Connecticut and New York, creating a fun and engaging environment. “We are developing and creating the community in our area because, before us, there was none,” he emphasized.

The facilities at The Sports Haus are designed to ensure a top-notch experience. From the landscaped parking lot and electric vehicle chargers to the carefully curated music, every detail is considered. “We covered all our walls with theater curtains, which not only look nice but also help with the noise,” Patricio explained. The club also features a self-serve beer and wine wall, adding a unique touch to the post-game experience.

Discussing the future growth of Padel, Patricio identified two main challenges: real estate and repurposing existing spaces. “Finding a place to build new or repurpose existing spaces is not easy,” he said. However, he believes that repurposing existing tennis courts will drive faster growth. “Converting tennis courts to padel courts is a viable option, though tennis players might not like it,” he acknowledged with a smile.

As for expansion, Patricio Misitrano and his team are considering it but want to ensure a solid foundation first. “We want to make sure that our club is solid before expanding. We’ve had offers, but we’re waiting for the right opportunity,” he said. The focus is on finding the right location with the perfect demographics.

For those interested in joining or learning more about The Sports Haus, the best way to get in touch is through their website. “You can learn about membership, book a court, and find contact information. We’re also active on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook,” Patricio shared. Additionally, The Sports Haus app is available for free on iOS and Android, making it easy to book courts, join tournaments, and stay updated.

Patricio Misitrano’s dedication to Padel and his vision for The Sports Haus are truly inspiring. As he aptly put it, “We are creating the community from scratch, and it’s exciting to see it grow.”

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